United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
ORDER REVERSING AND REMANDING FOR FURTHER
J. Pechman, United States District Judge.
seeks review of the denial of her application for
Supplemental Security Income. Plaintiff contends the ALJ
erred by discounting the medical opinion of Curtis G.G.
Greenfield, Psy.D. Dkt. 7. 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 49 years old, has a high school education, and
has worked as a packager. Dkt. 5, Administrative Record (AR)
28. Plaintiff applied for benefits in May 2016. AR 89.
Plaintiff's application was denied initially and on
reconsideration. AR 88, 109. After the ALJ conducted a
hearing in September 2017, the ALJ issued a decision finding
Plaintiff not disabled. AR 35, 15-29.
the five-step disability evaluation process in 20 C.F.R.
§ 416.920, the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since the May 2016 application
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe
impairments: degenerative disc disease with radiculopathy,
status post cervical disc replacement; left foot abnormality,
status post surgery; schizoaffective disorder, depressed
type; and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment under 20 C.F.R.
Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can
lift 20 pounds occasionally and 10 pounds frequently and can
stand/walk and sit six hours per day each. She can frequently
climb ramps and stairs, balance, kneel, and crouch. She can
occasionally crawl and can never climb ladders, ropes, or
scaffolds. She can frequently reach overhead with the right
dominant arm, and occasionally tolerate extreme cold, heat,
vibrations, and hazards. She can have occasional interaction
with the public and can perform simple, routine, and
repetitive tasks in an environment free of fast-paced
production requirements, involving only simple work-related
decisions and with few, if any, workplace changes.
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, she is not disabled.
AR 18-29. The Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request
for review, making the ALJ's decision the
Commissioner's final decision. AR 1. The rest of the
procedural history is not relevant ...