United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER’S
THERESA L. FRICKE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
has brought this matter for judicial review of
defendant’s denial of his applications for Title II
disability insurance and Title XVI supplemental security
income (SSI) benefits.
parties have consented to have this matter heard by the
undersigned Magistrate Judge.
ISSUES FOR REVEW
the ALJ err by assigning partial weight to the opinion of Dr.
the ALJ err by failing to specify which aspects of
plaintiff’s testimony were found to be not credible and
was the credibility determination supported by substantial
filed an application for supplemental security income
benefits on October 30, 2014, alleging a disability onset
date of September 1, 2002 – later amended to September
25, 2014. Dkt. 8, Administrative Record (AR) 39, 178, 180.
The application was denied initially and on reconsideration.
AR 115, 124. After a hearing, AR 35-62, 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 additional
proceedings. Dkt. 10.
Using the five-step sequential evaluation process, the ALJ
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial
gainful activity since September 25, 2014 – the amended
alleged onset date. AR 20.
Step two: Plaintiff has these severe impairments:
Major depressive disorder; generalized anxiety disorder; PTSD
(post traumatic stress disorder); panic disorder with
agoraphobia versus social anxiety with panic disorder
(characterized as a social condition); avoidance personality
disorder with schizoid traits; and history of substance
abuse. AR 21.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal
the requirements of a listed impairment. AR 21.
Residual functional capacity (RFC): “Full
range of work at all exertional levels but with the following
nonexertional limitations: he is capable of simple, routine,
repetitive tasks with short and simple instructions. He can
make simple work-related decisions, with only occasional work
place changes. He can have no interaction with the public,
and only superficial interaction with co-workers and
supervisors. This does not preclude interaction with small