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Lance G. v. Commissioner of Social Security

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma

May 31, 2019

LANCE G., Plaintiff,
v.
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant.

          (REDACTED) ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER'S FINAL DECISION AND DISMISSING THE CASE WITH PREJUDICE

          RICARDO S. MARTINEZ, CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Plaintiff seeks review of the denial of his applications for Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance Benefits. As discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the Commissioner's final decision and DISMISSES the case with prejudice.

         BACKGROUND

         Plaintiff is currently 58 years old, has at least a high school education, and has worked as a buyer and procurement manager. Dkt. 14, Administrative Record (AR) 57, 150. Plaintiff applied for benefits in May 2015, alleging disability as of October 1, 2012. AR 157. Plaintiff's applications were denied initially and on reconsideration. AR 155, 156, 183, 184. After the ALJ conducted a hearing on October 5, 2017, the ALJ issued a decision finding Plaintiff not disabled. AR 135, 47-58.

         THE ALJ'S DECISION

         Utilizing the five-step disability evaluation process, [1] the ALJ found:

Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial gainful activity since the October 2012 alleged onset date.
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe impairments: mental health conditions variously described as psychotic disorder not otherwise specified, depression, anxiety, methamphetamine induced psychosis, and methamphetamine use disorder.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal the requirements of a listed impairment.[2]
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can perform work at all exertional levels. He is limited to simple routine work, in a workplace with no more than occasional workplace changes. He can have occasional, superficial contact with coworkers, with no teamwork. He can have no public contact, and no exposure to hazards.
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform past relevant work.
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in significant numbers in the national economy that Plaintiff can perform, he is not disabled.

AR 49-58. The Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request for review, making the ALJ's decision the ...


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