United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER AND DISMISSING THE
L. ROBART, United States District Judge.
Michael Williams seeks review of the denial of his
applications for Supplemental Security Income and Disability
Insurance Benefits. He contends the ALJ erred by rejecting
Katherine Bumstead's, M.D., opinions and his testimony,
and by giving great weight to the opinions of a non-examining
doctor. (PL Br. (Dkt. # 9) at 2, 8.) He further contends
these errors harmfully affected the RFC determination and
step-five findings. As relief, Mr. Williams moves the court
to remand the case for payment of benefits. (Id. at
15.) For the reasons below, the court AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision and DISMISSES the case with
THE ALJ'S DECISION
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Mr. Williams has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since March 27, 2013.
Step two: Depression, right hip fracture,
status post open reduction internal fixation; right hip
degenerative joint disease; diabetes mellitus; right shoulder
degenerative joint disease; right knee chondromalacia; and
osteoarthritis of the hand and wrist are severe impairments:.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Mr. Williams
can perform less than the full range of light work. He can
lift no greater than 20 pounds at a time with frequent
lifting or carrying of 10 pounds. He can stand and/or walk 6
hours in an 8-hour workday and sit 6 hours in an 8-hour
workday. The claimant can push and/or pull with the upper
extremities an unlimited amount within the lifting
restrictions described above. The claimant can perform jobs
that never require him to climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds.
He can occasionally crouch, kneel, crawl, and climb ramps or
stairs. The claimant can occasionally reach overhead with the
right upper extremity. He can frequently handle and finger
with bilateral upper extremities. The claimant can have
superficial interaction with the public, coworkers, and
supervisors. He can accept reasonable supervision.
Step four: Mr. Williams cannot perform past
Step five: Mr. Williams can perform jobs
that exist in significant numbers in the national economy and
is not disabled.
(ALJ Dec. (Dkt. # 7-2) at 17-38.) The ALJ's decision is
the Commissioner's final decision because the Appeals
Council denied review. (Id. at l.)
The ALJ's Evaluation of Dr. ...