United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
ORDER AFFIRMING DEFENDANT'S DENIAL OF
BENJAMIN H. SETTLE, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Type of Benefits Sought:
Supplemental Security Income
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.
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 ...