United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER REVERSING AND REMANDING FOR FURTHER
S. Zilly United States District Judge
seeks review of the denial of her application for
Supplemental Security Income. Plaintiff contends the ALJ
erred by rejecting three medical opinions and by finding her
impairments did not meet or medically equal a listing. Dkt.
9. As discussed below, the Court REVERSES
the Commissioner's final decision and
REMANDS the matter for further
administrative proceedings under sentence four of 42 U.S.C.
is currently 40 years old, has at least a high school
education, and has worked as a short order cook,
telemarketer, and merchandizer. Dkt. 7, Admin. Record (AR)
27. Plaintiff applied for benefits in March 2015. AR 73. She
alleges disability as of the application date. AR 38.
Plaintiff's applications were denied initially and on
reconsideration. AR 100, 129. After the ALJ conducted a
hearing in July 2017, the ALJ issued a decision finding
Plaintiff not disabled. AR 36, 17-29.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since the March 2015 alleged
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe
impairments: organic mental disorder, affective
disorder/depression, anxiety disorder, substance abuse
disorder/drugs/chemical dependency, and post-traumatic stress
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can
perform work at all exertional levels. She can remember,
understand, and carry out tasks generally required by
occupations with a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP)
level of one to two. She can adjust to changes in the work
setting generally associated with occupations with an SVP of
one to two. She can have occasional superficial public
interaction, and occasional interaction with coworkers or
supervisors. Her work tasks must be able to be completed
without the assistance of others, but occasional assistance
would be tolerated.
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform past
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in
significant numbers in the national economy that Plaintiff
can perform, she is not disabled.
AR 19-29. The Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request
for review, making the ALJ's decision the