United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
SHAWN K. C., Plaintiff,
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant.
MICHELLE L. PETERSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
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.
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.
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.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  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.
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
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.
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.