United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
ORDER REVERSING AND REMANDING FOR FURTHER
THERESA L. FRICKE, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
has brought this matter for judicial review of
defendant's denial of her application for benefits under
Title XVI of the Social Security Act. The parties have
consented to have this matter heard by the undersigned
ISSUES FOR REVIEW
the ALJ err in failing to consider plaintiff's migraines
and vertigo at step two and when assessing her residual
the ALJ's discounting of plaintiff's allegations
about the severity and functional impact of her mental
impairments based on specific, clear, and convincing reasons
when the record is considered as a whole?
filed an application for supplemental security income
benefits on May 1, 2015, alleging a disability onset date of
January 1, 2014. Dkt. 8, Administrative Record (AR) 114. The
application was denied initially and on reconsideration.
Id. After a hearing, (AR 32), an administrative law
judge (ALJ) determined that plaintiff was not disabled. AR
Appeals Council denied plaintiff's request for review,
making the ALJ's decision the Commissioner's final
decision. AR 1. Plaintiff filed a complaint with this Court,
seeking reversal and remand for an award of benefits.
THE ALJ'S DECISION
the five-step sequential evaluation process, the ALJ found
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial
gainful activity since the application date.
Step two: Plaintiff has these severe impairments:
Disorders of the back; degenerative joint disease;
affective/depressive disorder; attention deficit disorder
(ADD) vs. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD);
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal
the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual functional capacity (RFC): The ALJ found
that the claimant has the residual functional capacity to
perform light work as ...