United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER'S FINAL DECISION
AND DISMISSING THE CASE WITH PREJUDICE
S. ZILLY, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
seeks review of the denial of his application for
Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. Plaintiff contends the ALJ erred by rejecting his
testimony and four medical sources' opinions. Dkt. 11. As
discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision and
DISMISSES the case with prejudice.
is currently 46 years old, has a high school education, and
has no past relevant work. Dkt. 8, Admin. Record (AR) 50.
Plaintiff applied for benefits in January 2015, alleging
disability as of June 23, 2011. AR 229. Plaintiff's
applications were denied initially and on reconsideration. AR
227, 228, 253, 254. After the ALJ conducted hearings in 2016
and 2017, the ALJ issued a decision finding Plaintiff not
disabled. AR 130, 163, 34-52.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial gainful activity
since the June 2011 alleged onset date.
Plaintiff has the following severe impairments:
chondromalacia patellae; diabetes mellitus; gout; obesity;
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); social phobia;
personality disorder, not otherwise specified; generalized
anxiety disorder; major depressive disorder; and borderline
These impairments do not meet or equal the requirements of a
Residual Functional Capacity:
Plaintiff can perform light work, except he can never climb
ladders, ropes, or scaffolds; occasionally climb ramps and
stairs; occasionally balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and
crawl; and must avoid concentrated exposure to vibrations and
pulmonary irritants. Plaintiff can perform unskilled and
semi-skilled tasks, up to a specific vocational preparation
(SVP) level of 4. He can have no public interaction,
superficial contact with coworkers, and occasional
interaction with supervisors. He can perform low-stress work,
defined as requiring few decisions and few changes. He can
perform at a standard or ordinary pace but not a strict
production rate pace in which he has no control over the
speed of the work.
Plaintiff has no past relevant ...