United States District Court, W.D. Washington
ORDER REVERSING AND REMANDING THE CASE FOR FURTHER
HONORABLE RICHARD A. JONES UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Huby Meadows, seeks review of the denial of his application
for Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. Plaintiff contends the ALJ erred in evaluating
plaintiff's testimony, several medical opinions, and lay
witness testimony. Dkt. 11 at 1. As discussed below, the
Court REVERSES the Commissioner's final
decision and REMANDS the matter for further
administrative proceedings under sentence four of 42 U.S.C.
is currently 63 years old, has a high school education, and
has worked as a security guard, musician/guitarist, armored
car guard and driver, and water truck driver. Tr. 87, 1172,
August 31, 2011, plaintiff's neck and shoulders were
injured in the course of his work as an armored truck guard
and driver. Tr. 914. He did not work after October 16, 2011.
Tr. 915. He was further injured in January 2012 during
physical therapy to treat the work-related injury. Tr.
915-16. Plaintiff underwent several examinations related to
his worker's compensation claim for these injuries.
See Tr. 914, 1165.
January 23, 2014, plaintiff applied for disability benefits,
alleging disability as of October 16, 2011. Tr. 30.
Plaintiff's applications were denied initially and on
reconsideration. Id. After the ALJ conducted a
hearing on July 16, 2015, the ALJ issued a decision finding
plaintiff not disabled. Tr. 30-42.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since the alleged onset date of
October 16, 2011.
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe
impairments: degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine,
degenerative joint disease of the left shoulder, history of
sprain of the left knee with meniscus tear with surgical
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can
perform light work, lifting/carrying 20 pounds occasionally
and 10 pounds frequently, standing/walking about six hours,
and sitting for six hours. He can climb ramps or stairs
frequently and ladders, ropes or scaffolds 12 feet or shorter
occasionally. He can occasionally stoop, frequently kneel and
crouch, and never crawl. He can occasionally reach overhead.
He must avoid concentrated exposure to excessive vibration
such as a jackhammer and to workplace hazards.
Step four: Plaintiff can perform past
relevant work as a security guard, musician and singer, and