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Leroy S. v. Commissioner of Social Security

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

June 4, 2019

LEROY S., Plaintiff,
v.
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant.

          ORDER AFFIRMING DEFENDANT'S DENIAL OF BENEFITS

          BENJAMIN H. SETTLE, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         I. BASIC DATA

Type of Benefits Sought:

         () Disability Insurance

         (X) Supplemental Security Income

Plaintiff's:

         Sex: Male

         Age: 46 at the time of alleged disability onset.

Principal Disabilities Alleged by Plaintiff: Posttraumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”), anxiety, psycho-schizophrenia, right knee pain from previous injury, low back pain. AR at 127.

Disability Allegedly Began: February 15, 2014.

Principal Previous Work Experience: Motorcycle mechanic.

Education Level Achieved by Plaintiff: High school diploma.

         II. PROCEDURAL HISTORY-ADMINISTRATIVE

         Before Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”):

Date of Hearing: June 20, 2017
Date of Decision: July 6, 2017
Appears in Record at: AR at 20-32
Summary of Decision:
The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful activity since November 30, 2015, the application date. See 20 C.F.R §§ 416.971-76.
The claimant has the following severe impairments: Degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine, status post-surgery; mild degenerative joint disease of the right knee, status post-tibial plateau fracture; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (“COPD”); schizoaffective disorder, depressive type; anxiety disorder; PTSD; alcohol and cannabis use disorder; methamphetamine abuse. See 20 C.F.R. § 416.920(C).
The claimant does not have an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the severity of one of the listed impairments in 20 C.F.R. Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1. See 20 C.F.R. §§ 416.920(d), 416.925, 416.926.
The claimant has the residual functional capacity (“RFC”) to perform light work as defined in 20 C.F.R. § 416.967(b) with exceptions. He can occasionally balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb ramps and stairs. He cannot climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds. He should avoid temperature extremes and concentrated exposure to humidity, vibration, pulmonary irritants, and hazards. He is limited to simple, repetitive tasks. He is ...

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