United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER'S FINAL DECISION
AND DISMISSING THE CASE WITH PREJUDICE
HONORABLE RICHARD A. JONES, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Gwendolyn Lee Jackson, seeks review of the denial of her
application for Supplemental Security Income. Plaintiff,
proceeding pro se, contends the ALJ erred by excluding a
severe impairment, finding that she had refused treatment,
and discounting her testimony that she cannot keep a regular
schedule. Plaintiff's Opening Brief, Dkt. 14. As
discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision and
DISMISSES the case with prejudice.
is currently 54 years old, has at least a high school
education, and has worked as a massage therapist. Tr. 24. She
applied for benefits in October 2012, alleging disability as
of December 1998. Tr. 14. Plaintiff's applications were
denied initially and on reconsideration. Id. After
the ALJ conducted a hearing on March 5, 2015, the ALJ issued
a decision finding plaintiff not disabled. Tr. 14-26.
the five-step disability evaluation process described in 20
C.F.R. § 416.920, the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not worked since the
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe
impairments: depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, sleep
disorder, thoracic and lumbar degenerative disc disease.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment as defined in
20 C.F.R. Part 404, Subpart P. Appendix 1.
Residual Functional Capacity (RFC):
Plaintiff can perform light work, further limited to
unskilled repetitive routine tasks. She can occasionally have
contact with the public, supervisors, and coworkers.
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform past
Step five: Because there are jobs that exist
in significant numbers in the national economy that plaintiff
can perform, she is not disabled.
Tr. 16-26. The Appeals Council denied plaintiff's request
for review, making the ALJ's decision the