United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER
A. TSUCHIDA United States Magistrate Judge
seeks review of the denial of her applications for
Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. She contends the ALJ erred in discounting certain
medical opinions, and discounting her testimony and the lay
statements. Dkt. 14 at 1. As discussed below, the
Court AFFIRMS the Commissioner's final
decision and DISMISSES the case with
is currently 52 years old, has a high school diploma and some
college education, and has worked as a carpenter, cook, and
deli worker. Tr. 311, 550. In June 2015, she applied for
benefits, alleging disability as of November 8, 2013. Tr.
483-95. Her applications were denied initially and on
reconsideration. Tr. 410-13, 416-21. The ALJ conducted a
hearing on May 3, 2017 (Tr. 306-45), and subsequently found
Plaintiff not disabled. Tr. 234-50.
Appeals Council granted Plaintiff's request for review,
and its February 15, 2019 decision finding Plaintiff not
disabled is the Commissioner's final decision. Tr. 1-9.
APPEALS COUNCIL'S DECISION
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the Appeals
Step one: Plaintiff had not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since November 8, 2013.
Step two: Plaintiff's calcific aortic
stenosis of the bicuspid valve, aerotic insufficiency, and
aeortic regurgitation post-valve replacement; neurocognitive
impairment; degenerative disc disease; and depression are
Step three: These impairments did not meet
or equal the requirements of a listed
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can
perform light work with the following limitations: she can
occasionally climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl.
She should avoid concentrated exposure to extreme
temperatures, pulmonary irritants, and hazards. She can
frequently handle and finger bilaterally. She should be
limited to simple, routine tasks consistent with unskilled
work. She is limited to low-stress work, “defined as
work requiring work decisions or changes.” She may have
frequent [contact] with co-workers and occasional,
superficial interaction with the public.
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform her past
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in
significant numbers in the national economy that Plaintiff
can perform, ...