United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
MICHELLE L. PETERSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
seeks review of the denial of his applications for
Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. Plaintiff contends the administrative law judge
(“ALJ”) erred by discounting his subjective
testimony and in formulating the residual functional capacity
(“RFC”) assessment and hypothetical posed to the
vocational expert (“VE”). (Dkt. # 14.) As
discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the Commissioner’s
final decision and DISMISSES the case with prejudice.
was born in 1968, has an 11th-grade education, and has worked
as a janitor, office clerk, and trailer unloader. AR at 136,
293. Plaintiff was last gainfully employed in 2015.
Id. at 293.
December 2015, Plaintiff applied for benefits, alleging
disability as of February 15, 2015. AR at 269-76.
Plaintiff’s applications were denied initially and on
reconsideration, and Plaintiff requested a hearing.
Id. at 198-201, 204-20. After the ALJ conducted a
hearing on December 5, 2017 (id. at 120-57), the ALJ
issued a decision finding Plaintiff not disabled.
Id. at 55-66.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since his alleged onset date.
Step two: Plaintiff’s status post right carpal tunnel
release, dysthymic disorder, learning disorders, and obesity
are severe impairments.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal the
requirements of a listed impairment.
RFC: Plaintiff can perform light work with additional
limitations: he can lift/carry 20 pounds occasionally and 10
pounds frequently (and has unlimited ability to push/pull
within these exertional limits). He can sit for about six
hours and stand/walk for about six hours in an eight-hour
workday with regular breaks. He has unlimited ability to
balance. He can frequently climb ramps and stairs, but can
only occasionally climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds. He can
frequently stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, handle, and finger.
He should avoid even moderate exposure to vibration. He can
understand, remember, and carry out simple tasks over an
eight-hour day with regular breaks. He needs a routine and
predictable work environment. He should not work with the
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform his past relevant work.
Step five: As there are other jobs that exist in significant
numbers in the national economy that Plaintiff can ...