United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER REVERSING THE COMMISSIONER
A. TSUCHIDA CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
seeks review of the denial of her application for Disability
Insurance Benefits. She contends the ALJ erred in assessing
the opinions of several doctors, her subjective testimony,
and her son's lay statement, and these errors led to a
residual functional capacity (“RFC”)
determination that does not account for all of her
limitations. Dkt. 13. For the reasons 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 55 years old, had some high school education in
Thailand and had additional sewing training, and has worked
in the United States as a seamstress. Tr. 54, 182. In
November 2013, she applied for benefits, alleging disability
as of April 24, 2013. Tr. 160-66. Her application was denied
initially and on reconsideration. Tr. 101-03, 107-11. The ALJ
conducted a hearing on January 28, 2016 (Tr. 49-75), and
subsequently found Plaintiff not disabled. Tr. 28-39. The
Appeals Council denied review making the ALJ's decision
the Commissioner's final decision. Tr. 15-20.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff had not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since the alleged onset date.
Step two: Plaintiff's carpal tunnel
sundrome, status post surgical repair; shoulder tendinitis;
adhesive capsulitis; degenerative disc disease; minimal
degenerative joint disease of the wrist; migraine; shoulder
impingement; and scapular dyskinesia are severe impairments.
Step three: These impairments did not meet
or equal the requirements of a listed
RFC: Plaintiff can perform light work with
additional limitations: she cannot climb ladders, ropes, or
scaffolds. She can occasionally climb ramps and stairs,
balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch. She can perform work that
does not require her to crawl. She can perform work that
avoids concentrated exposure to extreme temperatures,
hazards, and vibrations. She can occasionally reach overhead
bilaterally. She can frequently reach in all other
directions, handle, finger, and feel with the left arm. She
can occasionally reach in all other directions, handle,
finger, and feel with the right arm.
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform her past
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in
significant numbers in the national economy that Plaintiff
can perform, she is not disabled.