United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
MICHELLE L. PETERSON United States Magistrate Judge
seeks review of the denial of her application for Disability
Insurance Benefits. Plaintiff contends the administrative law
judge (“ALJ”) erred by finding at step four that
she could perform her past work and by discounting her
subjective statements. (Dkt. # 10 at 1.) 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 1961, has a high school diploma, and has worked
as an electronics factory assembler and operator. AR at 185,
193, 211. Plaintiff was last gainfully employed in 2014.
Id. at 193, 211.
October 2015, Plaintiff applied for benefits, alleging
disability as of November 7, 2014. AR at 164-65.
Plaintiff's application was denied initially and on
reconsideration, and Plaintiff requested a hearing.
Id. at 91-97, 99-105. After the ALJ conducted a
hearing on September 27, 2017 (id. at 32-65), the
ALJ issued a decision finding Plaintiff not disabled.
Id. at 15-27.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since the alleged onset date.
Step two: Plaintiff's degenerative disc disease and
chronic pain are severe impairments.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal the
requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can perform light
work with additional limitations: she can lift/carry up to 20
pounds occasionally and up to 10 pounds frequently. She must
work in a job where some of the work is performed at a
workstation or desk, but the job also includes some duties
that would involve getting up to go get tools or files or
give something to someone so that she could limit her
standing/walking to approximately four hours and could sit
for approximately six hours out of an eight-hour work day
(with normal breaks). She can occasionally climb ramps or
stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch. She can never
climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds, or crawl. She can
frequently reach overhead. She must avoid concentrated
exposure to excessive vibration and workplace hazards such as
working with dangerous machinery and at unprotected heights.
Step four: Plaintiff can perform past relevant work, and is
therefore not disabled. AR at 15-27.
Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request for review,
the ALJ's decision is the Commissioner's final
decision. AR at 1-6. Plaintiff appealed the final decision of
the Commissioner to this Court. (Dkt. # 10.)