United States District Court, W.D. Washington
ORDER AFFIRMING COMMISSIONER'S FINAL
RICARDO S. MARTINEZ CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Rena Rae Flaherty, seeks review of the denial of her
application for Supplemental Security Income and Disability
Insurance Benefits. Plaintiff contends the ALJ erred by
rejecting her testimony on the severity of her symptoms. Dkt.
7. As discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision and
DISMISSES the case with prejudice.
is currently 38 years old, has a high school education, and
has worked as a teller, real estate clerk, mortgage loan
processor, and clerk. Tr. 26-27. On November 5, 2013,
plaintiff applied for benefits, alleging disability as of
June 30, 2010, later amended to January 19, 2015. Tr. 20.
Plaintiff's applications were denied initially and on
reconsideration. Tr. 20. After the ALJ conducted a hearing on
April 19, 2016, the ALJ issued a decision finding plaintiff
not disabled. Tr. 20-28.
Utilizing the five-step disability evaluation process,
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since the amended alleged onset
date of January 19, 2015.
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe
impairments: bipolar disorder and history of substance abuse
including heroin addiction on suboxone.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can
perform a full range of work at all exertional levels, except
she can never climb ladders, ropes, and scaffolds and must
avoid concentrated exposure to hazards. Plaintiff can perform
simple, routine tasks.
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform past
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in
significant numbers in the national economy that plaintiff
can perform, plaintiff is not disabled.
22-28. The Appeals Council denied plaintiff's request for
review, making the ALJ's decision the ...