United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER AFFIRMING COMMISSIONER'S FINAL
S. ZILLY, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Ann Walls Gerringer seeks review of the denial of her
application for Supplemental Security Income and Disability
Insurance Benefits. Ms. Walls Gerringer contends the ALJ
erred by (1) rejecting the opinion of her treating physician,
Jack Goldman, M.D.; (2) rejecting her own symptom testimony;
and (3) rejecting the testimony of two lay witnesses. Dkt. 9
at 1. As relief, Ms. Walls Gerringer contends this matter
should be reversed and remanded for payment of benefits.
Id. As discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision and DISMISSES the matter
October 28, 2013, Ms. Walls Gerringer applied for benefits,
alleging disability as of June 30, 2013. Tr. 13. Her
applications were denied initially and on reconsideration.
Tr. 13. After the ALJ conducted a hearing on March 18, 2015,
she issued a decision finding Ms. Walls Gerringer not
disabled. Tr. 13-19.
Utilizing the five-step disability evaluation process,
Step one: Ms. Walls Gerringer has not engaged in substantial
gainful activity since June 30, 2013, the alleged onset date.
Step two: Ms. Walls Gerringer has the following severe
Step three: This impairment does not meet or equal the
requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Ms. Walls Gerringer can perform
light work. She is able to lift or carry up to 20 pounds
occasionally and up to 10 pounds frequently. She can stand or
walk for approximately 6 hours, and sit for approximately 6
hours per 8 hour work day with normal breaks. She can
frequently climb ramps or stairs. She can never climb
ladders, ropes or scaffolds. She can frequently stoop. She
must avoid moderate exposure to workplace hazards such as
dangerous machinery or working at unprotected heights. She
needs access to a restroom on the worksite and may need to
take a brief break to use the bathroom at least once between
each normally scheduled break, so once very hour.
Step four: Ms. Walls Gerringer can perform past relevant work
as a buyer and print shop supervisor and, as such, is not
Step five: Because the ALJ found Ms. Walls Gerringer not
disabled at step four, she did not reach step five.
Tr. 13-19. The Appeals Council denied Ms. Walls
Gerringer's request for review making the ALJ's
decision the Commissioner's ...