United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
MICHELLE L. PETERSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
seeks review of the denial of her application for
Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. Plaintiff contends the administrative law judge
(“ALJ”) erred by rejecting the medical opinions
of State agency physicians. (Dkt. # 8.) As discussed 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. § 405(g).
was born in 1986, has a ninth-grade education, and has worked
as a house keeper and in the fast food industry. AR at 70,
227, 240. Plaintiff was last gainfully employed in 2007.
Id. at 231.
March 3, 2016, Plaintiff applied for benefits, alleging
disability as of March 3, 2016.
26, 63. Plaintiff's application was denied initially and
on reconsideration, and Plaintiff requested a hearing.
Id. at 126-29, 133-35, 136-38. After the ALJ
conducted a hearing on May 29, 2018, the ALJ issued a
decision finding Plaintiff not disabled. Id. at
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since March 3, 2016.
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe impairments:
asthma and depressive disorder (20 CFR § 416.920(c)).
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal the
requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can lift 25 pounds
occasionally and 20 pounds frequently. She is able to
occasionally climb ramps/stairs. She is able to perform work
that does not require climbing ladders/ropes/scaffolds. She
is able to perform work that allows her to avoid exposure to
pulmonary irritants (e.g. dusts, fumes, odors, gases) and to
hazards as defined by the Dictionary of Occupational Titles
(DOT). She can understand, recall, and execute simple tasks.
She is able to work in a setting that is predictable with
routine work changes. She is able to work in a primarily
independent work setting with no contact with the public,
occasional, superficial contact with coworkers, and
occasional contact with supervisors after the initial
Step four: Plaintiff has no past relevant work.
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in significant
numbers in the national economy that Plaintiff can perform,