United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER REVERSING AND REMANDING CASE FOR FURTHER
C. COUGHENOUR United States District Judge.
Omar seeks review of the denial of her application for
Supplemental Security Income. Ms. Omar contends the ALJ erred
in: (1) evaluating the treating opinions of Anya Zimberoff,
Psy.D. and Brianne Taylor, M.D.; and, (2) evaluating her own
symptom testimony. Dkt. 10 at 1. As relief, Ms. Omar requests
that this matter be reversed and remanded for an award of
benefits. Id. at 17-18. As discussed below, the
Court REVERSES the Commissioner's final
decision and REMANDS the matter for further
administrative proceedings under sentence four of 42 U.S.C.
December 14, 2010, Ms. Omar filed an application for
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, alleging
disability as of January 1, 2002. Tr. 21. Ms. Omar's
application was denied initially and on reconsideration and
by Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Verrell Dethloff in a
hearing level decision dated June 18, 2012. Tr. 21, 158-74.
The Appeals Council remanded the matter to the ALJ to with
instructions to review new evidence, reevaluate the opinion
evidence and obtain additional evidence related to Ms.
Omar's mental impairments. Tr. 21, 180-81. After the ALJ
conducted a hearing on November 18, 2014, and a supplemental
hearing on February 19, 2015, he issued a decision finding
Ms. Omar not disabled. Tr. 21-31.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Ms. Omar has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since December 14, 2010, the
Step two: Ms. Omar has the following severe
impairments: gastritis, headaches, depression, anxiety
disorders variously diagnosed as anxiety and posttraumatic
stress disorder (PTSD), and dependent personality disorder.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Ms. Omar can
perform light work except that she can stand and walk with
normal breaks for a total of about four hours in an
eight-hour workday. She can sit for a total of about six
hours with normal breaks in an eight-hour workday. She can
lift and carry 20 pounds occasionally and 10 pounds
frequently. She can frequently balance and climb ramps and
stairs. She can occasionally climb ladders, ropes, or
scaffolds. She must avoid concentrated exposure to hazards
such as dangerous machinery and unprotected heights. She can
perform unskilled work tasks with customary breaks and lunch.
The work tasks must be simple and routine. She can have
occasional contact with the public for work tasks. She can
have occasional contact with coworkers for work tasks. There
should be an emphasis on occupations and duties dealing with
things and objects rather than people. There should be no
fast-paced work, defined as constant activity performed
sequentially and in rapid succession. She is limited to low
stress work, defined as involving only occasional decision
Step four: Ms. Omar cannot perform past
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in
significant numbers in the national economy that Ms. Omar can
perform, she is not disabled.
Tr. 21-31. The Appeals Council denied Ms. Omar's request
for review making the ALJ's decision the