United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
MICHELLE L. PETERSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
seeks review of the denial of her application for Disability
Insurance Benefits. Plaintiff contends the administrative law
judge (“ALJ”) erred by crediting certain evidence
that predates her alleged disability onset. (Dkt. # 13 at 1.)
Plaintiff also contends that evidence submitted for the first
time to the Appeals Council undermines the ALJ's
decision. (Id.) As discussed below, the Court
AFFIRMS the Commissioner's final decision and DISMISSES
the case with prejudice.
was born in 1964, has a tenth-grade education, and has worked
as a stitcher, woodworker, waiter/cook, and caregiver. AR at
208, 311, 309. Plaintiff was last gainfully employed in July
2015. Id. at 209.
September 2015, Plaintiff applied for benefits, alleging
disability as of July 8, 2015. AR at 285-89. Plaintiff's
applications were denied initially and on reconsideration,
and Plaintiff requested a hearing. Id. at 255-57,
259-63. After the ALJ conducted a hearing on October 5, 2017
(id. at 199-229), the ALJ issued a decision finding
Plaintiff not disabled. Id. at 184-94.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since July 8, 2015, the alleged onset date.
Step two: Plaintiff's degenerative disc disease of the
lumbar and cervical spine, sacroiliitis, and status post
tenosynovectomy bilaterally for diagnoses of tenosynovitis
are severe impairments.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal the
requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can perform light
work with additional limitations: she can occasionally climb
ramps and stairs, but cannot climb ropes, ladders, or
scaffolds. She can occasionally stoop and crouch, but can
never crawl. She can frequently but not constantly handle
bilaterally. She can occasionally reach overhead bilaterally.
Step four: Plaintiff can perform past relevant work as a deli
preparer/food sales clerk.
Step five: In the alternative, there are other jobs that
exist in significant numbers in the national economy that
Plaintiff can perform. ...