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Shawn K. C. v. Commissioner of Social Security

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

August 12, 2019

SHAWN K. C., Plaintiff,
v.
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant.

          ORDER

          MICHELLE L. PETERSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         I. INTRODUCTION

         Plaintiff seeks review of the denial of his application for Supplemental Security Income. Plaintiff contends the administrative law judge (“ALJ”) erred in assessing certain medical opinions. (Dkt. # 11 at 2.) As discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the Commissioner's final decision and DISMISSES the case with prejudice.

         II. BACKGROUND

         Plaintiff was born in 1979, has an eleventh-grade education, and has worked as a door-to-door salesperson and restaurant cook. AR at 57, 253-56. Plaintiff was last gainfully employed in 2009. Id. at 253.

         In November 2015, Plaintiff applied for benefits, alleging disability as of January 1, 2008. AR at 198-207, 227. Plaintiff's application was denied initially and on reconsideration, and Plaintiff requested a hearing. Id. at 122-30, 134-40, 142-44. After the ALJ conducted a hearing on February 27, 2018 (id. at 53-91), the ALJ issued a decision finding Plaintiff not disabled. Id. at 33-48.

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

Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial gainful activity since his application date.
Step two: Plaintiff's unspecified neurocognitive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depressive disorder, history of fractured left hip (2013), recurrent ankle edema, and lumbar strain are severe impairments.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal the requirements of a listed impairment.[2]
Residual Functional Capacity (“RFC”): Plaintiff can perform light work with additional limitations: he can occasionally stoop, squat, crouch, crawl, kneel, or climb ramps/stairs. He can never climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds. He can never drive, balance, work at heights, or work in close proximity to hazardous conditions. He is capable of unskilled, repetitive, routine tasks in two-hour increments. He should have no contact with the public. He is capable of working in proximity to but not in coordination with co-workers; he can have occasional contact with supervisors.
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, Plaintiff is not disabled.

AR at 35-47.

         As the Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request for review, the ALJ's decision is the Commissioner's final decision. AR at 1-6. Plaintiff appealed the final decision of the Commissioner to this Court.

         III. ...


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