United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER AFFIRMING COMMISSIONER'S FINAL DECISION AND
DISMISSING THE CASE WITH PREJUDICE
S. Zilly United States District Judge
Dean Stanisci seeks review of the denial of his application
for Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. Mr. Stanisci contends the ALJ erred by excluding
his rib impairment in step two, rejecting several medical
opinions and lay witness statements, finding that he had past
relevant work, and relying on jobs that he would not be able
to maintain. Dkt. 11. As discussed below, the Court
AFFIRMS the Commissioner's final
decision and DISMISSES the case with
Stanisci is currently 32 years old, has less than a high
school education, and has worked as a fast food worker. Tr.
27-28. He applied for benefits in September 2013, alleging
disability as of April 1, 2008. Tr. 17. His applications were
denied initially and on reconsideration. Id. After
conducting a hearing in December 2015, the ALJ issued a
decision finding Mr. Stanisci not disabled. Tr. 17-30.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
one: Mr. Stanisci has not engaged in substantial
gainful activity since April 1, 2008, the alleged onset date.
two: He has the following severe impairments:
affective disorder, anxiety disorder, personality disorder,
and substance addiction disorder.
three: These impairments do not meet or equal the
requirements of a listed impairment.
Functional Capacity: Mr. Stanisci can work at all
exertional levels, but only simple, routine tasks in a
routine environment with only superficial interaction with
coworkers and the general public, and occasional interaction
four: He can perform past relevant work as a fast
five: In the alternative, as there are jobs that
exist in significant numbers in the national economy that he
can perform, he is not disabled.
19-29. The Appeals Council denied his request for review,
making the ALJ's decision the ...