United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER REVERSING THE COMMISSIONER AND
A. TSUCHIDA CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
seeks review of the denial of her applications for
Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. She contends the ALJ erroneously assessed certain
medical opinions and her residual functional capacity
(“RFC”). 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.
is currently 51 years old, has an associate's degree, and
has worked as a typist, marketing coordinator, and category
assistant. Tr. 38, 186-92. In January 2013, she applied for
benefits, alleging disability as of December 29, 2010. Tr.
130-41. Her applications were denied initially and on
reconsideration. Tr. 76-78, 80-81. The ALJ conducted a
hearing on September 24, 2014 (Tr. 33-54), and subsequently
found Plaintiff not disabled. Tr. 16-27.
Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request for review
(Tr. 1-6), and Plaintiff sought judicial review of the
Commissioner's decision. The U.S. District Court for the
Western District of Washington reversed the ALJ's
decision and remanded for further administrative proceedings.
Tr. 1121-35. A different ALJ held a hearing on August 9, 2018
(Tr. 1064-1110), and subsequently found Plaintiff not
disabled. Tr. 1032-53. Plaintiff now seeks judicial review of
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff had not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since December 29, 2010, the
alleged onset date.
Step two: Plaintiff's diabetes mellitus,
asthma, hypertension, obesity, sleep apnea, carpal tunnel
syndrome, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder,
and depression are severe impairments.
Step three: These impairments did not meet
or equal the requirements of a listed
RFC: Plaintiff can perform light work, with
additional limitations: she is limited to performing
unskilled, repetitive, routine tasks in two-hour increments.
She can frequently handle and finger. She can have no contact
with the public. She is capable of working in proximity to,
but not in coordination with, co-workers. She can have
occasional contact with supervisors. She can occasionally
stoop, squat, crouch, crawl, kneel, and climb ramps and
stairs. She can never climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds. She
will be off task at work seven percent of the time, but can
still meet minimum production requirements. She will be
absent from work ten times per year. She must work in an
environment free from smoke, chemicals, temperature extremes,
and high humidity.
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, she is not disabled.