United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
CHANCE C. KAELIN, Plaintiff,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Defendant.
ORDER AFFIRMING DEFENDANT'S DECISION TO DENY
L. ROBART United States District Judge.
Chance C. Kaelin seeks review of the denial of his
application for supplemental security income
("SSI") benefits. Mr, Kaelin contends that the
Administrative Law Judge ('ALJ") erred in evaluating
the medical evidence in the record. (Op. Br. (Dkt. # 7) at
1.) Having considered the submissions of the parties, the
relevant portions of the record, and the applicable law, the
court AFFIRMS Defendant Commissioner Nancy A. Berryhill's
("the Commissioner") final decision and DISMISSES
the case with prejudice.
December 23, 2013, Mr. Kaelin protectively filed an
application for SSI benefits.
(Administrative Record ("AR") (Dkt, # 5) at 11.)
Mr. Kaelin's application was denied initially and on
reconsideration, (Id.) After the ALJ conducted a
hearing on August 7, 2015, the ALJ issued a decision finding
Mr. Kaelin not disabled. (Id. at 11-27.)
decision, the ALJ utilized the five-step disability
evaluation process,  and the court summarizes the ALJ's
findings as follows:
Step one: Mr, Kaelin has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since December 13, 2013, the
amended alleged onset date of disability.
Step two: Mr. Kaelin has the following
severe impairments: depression, anxiety, substance addiction,
Step three: Mr. Kaelin does not have an
impairment or combination of impairments that meets or equals
the requirements of a listed impairment.
RFC: Mr. Kaelin has the residual functional
capacity ("RFC") to perform a full range of work at
all exertional levels but with the following non-exertional
limitations. He must avoid concentrated exposure to pulmonary
irritants and hazards such as unprotected heights and moving
machinery. He can perform simple tasks. He can adapt to
occasional changes in work setting. He can have superficial,
infrequent contact with the public. He can work in proximity
to co-workers and interact with them briefly but performs
better in more solitary work settings.
Step four: Mr. Kaelin has no past relevant
Step five: Because jobs exist in significant
numbers in the national economy that Mr. Kaelin can perform,
he has not been disabled since December 23, 2013, the amended
alleged onset date of disability.
(See id.) The Appeals Council denied Mr.
Kaelin's request for review, making the ALJ's
decision the Commissioner's final decision,