United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
MICHELLE L. PETERSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
seeks review of the denial of his application for
Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. Plaintiff contends the administrative law judge
(“ALJ”) erred in his weighing of Plaintiff's
allegations about the impact of his heart disease and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on his functioning and
this impacted the ALJ's residual functional capacity
assessment as well as the Step Five findings. (Dkt. # 11 at
1.) As discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision and DISMISSES the case with
was born in 1965, has a tenth grade education, and has worked
as a machine operator using a grinder and sander and
eventually a water jet operator, he has also worked as a
caregiver for his grandmother, and a forklift operator. AR at
182-183. Plaintiff was let go in 2010 after a DUI arrest that
prevented him from showing up for work as a forklift
operator. Id. at 183. Plaintiff was diagnosed with a
heart issue a month later. Id. Plaintiff had a stent
put into his heart in March 2010. Id. at 184.
Plaintiff was last gainfully employed in February 2010.
Id. at 183.
February 2, 2016, Plaintiff applied for benefits, alleging
disability as of July 23, 2014. AR at 91. Plaintiff's
applications were denied initially and on reconsideration,
and Plaintiff requested a hearing. Id. After the ALJ
conducted a hearing on June 6, 2017, the ALJ issued a
decision finding Plaintiff not disabled. Id. at 101.
Utilizing the five-step disability evaluation process,
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since July 23, 2014.
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe impairments:
chronic heart failure, coronary artery disease, and COPD.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal the
requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can perform light
work, he can occasionally climb ladders, ropes or scaffolds,
he can have occasional exposure to vibration, temperature and
humidity extremes, and concentrated levels of dust, fumes,
gases, poor ventilation, and the like.
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,