United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER AFFIRMING DEFENDANT'S DECISION TO DENY
L. ROBART UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Leonardo Bandera Megret seeks review of the denial of his
application for supplemental security income
("SSI") benefits. Mr. Megret contends that the
Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") erred in
evaluating the medical evidence in the record and Mr.
Megret's subjective complaints. (Op. Br. (Dkt. # 14) at
1-2.) 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.
March 9, 2010, Mr. Megret protectively filed an application
for SSI benefits. (Administrative Record ("AR")
(Dkt. # 9) at 1031.) Mr. Megret's application was denied
initially and on reconsideration. (Id.) After a
hearing and an unfavorable decision, Mr. Megret appealed to
this court. (Id.) This court reversed and remanded
the matter for further administrative proceedings.
(Id.) After the ALJ conducted another hearing on
September 21, 2016, the ALJ issued a decision finding Mr.
Megret not disabled. (Id. at 1031-50.)
decision, the ALJ utilized the five-step disability
evaluation process,  and the court summarizes the ALJ's
findings as follows:
Step one: Mr. Megret has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since September 16, 2011, the
amended alleged onset date of disability.
Step two: Mr. Megret has the following
severe impairments: post-traumatic stress disorder, major
depressive disorder with psychotic features, history of
antisocial personality disorder, cognitive disorder, and
substance use disorder.
Step three: Mr. Megret does not have an
impairment or combination of impairments that meets or equals
the requirements of a listed impairment.
RFC: Mr. Megret has the residual functional
capacity ("RFC") to perform a mil range of work at
all exertional levels except that he is able to understand,
remember, and carry out simple, routine tasks, where such
tasks are predetermined by the employer. He can have no
contact with the general public. He cannot perform tandem
tasks or tasks involving a cooperative team effort, but he is
able to have occasional superficial contact with coworkers
and supervisors. He is able to work in a predictable
Step four: Mr. Megret can perform past
relevant work as a fish packer.
Step five: Alternatively, Mr. Megret can
perform jobs that exist in significant numbers in the
national economy. Therefore, he has not been disabled since
September 16, 2011, the amended alleged onset date of
(See id.) It does not appear from the record that
the Appeals Council assumed jurisdiction of the
case. See 20 C.F.R. § 416.1484.