United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
SALLY A. DICKINSON, Plaintiff,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Deputy Commissioner of Social Security for Operations, Defendant.
ORDER REVERSING AND REMANDING THE CASE FOR FURTHER
S. Zilly United States District Judge
Sally A. Dickinson seeks review of the denial of her
application for Supplemental Security Income and Disability
Insurance Benefits. She contends the ALJ erred in evaluating
her testimony and the opinions of several doctors. Dkt. 9.
The Court REVERSES the Commissioner's
final decision and REMANDS the matter for
further administrative proceedings under sentence four of 42
U.S.C. § 405(g).
Dickinson is currently 43 years old, has a limited education,
and has worked as a janitor. Tr. 30-31. On September 17,
2013, she applied for benefits, alleging disability as of
February 1, 2013. Tr. 16. Her applications were denied
initially and on reconsideration. Id. After the ALJ
conducted a hearing on December 15, 2015, the ALJ issued a
decision finding Ms. Dickinson not disabled. Tr. 16-32.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Ms. Dickinson has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since the alleged onset date of
February 1, 2013.
Step two: She has the following severe
impairments: obesity, status post right shoulder Superior
Labrum Anterior and Posterior (SLAP) tear and surgical
repair, degenerative disc disease, asthma, arthritis,
depression, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: She can
perform light work, including lift/carry 20 pounds
occasionally and 10 pounds frequently, and sit/stand/walk 6
hours a day. Her right arm is limited to pushing/pulling
frequently and reaching overhead occasionally. She can
frequently climb ramps/stairs, but never ladders/scaffolds.
She can balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl frequently.
She is precluded from working around hazards, concentrated
exposure to airborne irritants, extreme cold, and vibrations.
She is limited to simple, routine, repetitive tasks and
simple work-related decisions. She can interact with
coworkers occasionally, and the public only incidentally such
as passing people in hallways.
Step four: She cannot perform past relevant
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in
significant numbers in the national economy that she can
perform, Ms. Dickinson is not disabled.
Tr. 18-32. The Appeals Council denied her request for review,
making the ALJ's decision the Commissioner's ...