United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
ORDER REVERSING AND REMANDING DENIAL OF
BENJAMIN H. SETTLE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
I. BASIC DATA
(X) Disability Insurance
( ) Supplemental Security Income
Age: 57 at the time of alleged disability onset.
Disabilities Alleged by Plaintiff: Lumbar spinal stenosis,
degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel
syndrome, bone spurs, cervical problems, ruptured and bulging
discs, bilateral low back pain with sciatica, moderate to
severe impingement of L6 and sacral nerve roots. Admin.
Record (“AR”) (Dkt. # 7) at 103.
Disability Allegedly Began: July 10, 2015
Principal Previous Work Experience: Patrol guard Education
Level Achieved by Plaintiff: GED
Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”):
Date of Hearing: November 28, 2017
Date of Decision: March 22, 2018
Appears in Record at: AR at 22-32
Summary of Decision:
claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful activity
since July 10, 2015, the alleged onset date. See 20
C.F.R. §§ 404.1571-76.
claimant has the following severe impairments: Obesity,
sciatica, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis,
scoliosis, spondylosis, arthropathy, radiculopathy, status
post spinal surgeries, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and
ulnar neuropathy. See 20 C.F.R. § 404.1520(c).
claimant does not have an impairment or combination of
impairments that meets or medically equals the severity of
one of the listed impairments in 20 C.F.R. Part 404, Subpart
P, Appendix 1. See 20 C.F.R. §§
404.1520(d), 404.1525, 404.1526.
claimant has the residual functional capacity
(“RFC”) to perform light work as defined in 20
C.F.R. § 404.1567(b), with exceptions. He can
occasionally crawl, and climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds.
He can frequently stoop, crouch, and climb ramps and stairs.
He can occasionally reach overhead. He can frequently handle
and finger. He cannot have concentrated exposure to extreme
cold, vibrations, or hazards.
claimant is capable of performing past relevant work as a
security guard. This work does not require the performance of
work-related activities precluded by the claimant's RFC.
See 20 C.F.R. § 404.1565. Alternatively, the
claimant is capable of other work that exists in significant
numbers in the national economy.
claimant has not been under a disability, as defined in the
Social Security Act, from July 10, 2015, through the date of
the ALJ's ...