United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER'S DECISION AND
DISMISSING THE CASE WITH PREJUDICE
S. ZILLY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
appeals denial of her application for Supplemental Security
Income. Plaintiff contends the ALJ erred in evaluating three
medical opinions. Dkt. 11. As discussed below, the Court
AFFIRMS the Commissioner's final
decision and DISMISSES the case with
is currently 40 years old, has a high school education, and
has worked as a waitress. Dkt. 7, Administrative Record (AR)
30. Plaintiff's May 2015 application, alleging disability
as of September 11, 2012, was denied initially and on
reconsideration. AR 94, 93, 105. After the ALJ conducted
hearings in April and October 2017, the ALJ issued a decision
finding Plaintiff not disabled. AR 38, 68, 15-32.
the five-step disability evaluation process in 20 C.F.R.
§ 416.920, the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since the May 2015 application
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe
impairments: degenerative disc disease, obesity, anxiety
disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive
disorder, and personality disorder.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment under 20 C.F.R.
Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can
perform light work, lifting 20 pounds occasionally and 10
pounds frequently and sitting, standing, or walking 6 hours
each. She can occasionally stoop, crouch, crawl, kneel, and
climb ladders, ropes, and scaffolds. She can frequently climb
ramps and stairs. She can have occasional exposure to hazards
and extreme cold. She can complete tasks requiring a
reasoning level of 2 or less. She can have no public contact
and no teamwork assignments.
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform past
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in
significant numbers in the national economy that Plaintiff
can perform, she is not disabled.
17-32. The Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request for
review, making the ALJ's decision the ...