United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER
A. TSUCHIDA Chief United States Magistrate Judge.
seeks review of the denial of his application for Disability
Insurance Benefits. He contends the ALJ erred by discounting
his subjective testimony, his treating nurse's opinions,
and his wife's statement. Dkt. 8 at 1. As discussed
below, the Court AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision and
DISMISSES the case with prejudice.
is currently 42 years old, has two years of college
education, and previously worked at a lumber mill as a
forklift operator, shipping clerk, special order laborer, and
chain puller. Tr. 57, 188, 218. In February 2016, he applied
for benefits, alleging disability as of January 8,
2016. Tr. 154-55. His application was denied
initially and on reconsideration. Tr. 89-91, 95-99. The ALJ
conducted a hearing on January 2, 2018 (Tr. 31-62), and
subsequently found Plaintiff not disabled. Tr. 15-25. As the
Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request for review,
the ALJ's decision is the Commissioner's final
decision. Tr. 1-6.
Utilizing the five-step disability evaluation process,
Step one: Plaintiff had not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since the amended alleged onset
Step two: Plaintiff's lumbar spine
degenerative disc disease is a severe impairment.
Step three: This impairment did not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity
(“RFC”): Plaintiff can perform light
work with additional limitations: he can lift/carry 20 pounds
occasionally and 10 pounds frequently. He can stand/walk for
six hours in an eight-workday, and sit for six hours in an
eight-hour workday. He can occasionally climb ramps and
stairs. He cannot climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds. He can
frequently stoop, kneel, and crouch. He can never crawl. He
must avoid concentrated exposure to vibrations and hazards in
the workplace, such as moving machinery and unprotected
Step four: Plaintiff could perform his past
work as a shipping clerk, and he is therefore not disabled.
Step five: In the alternative, there are
also jobs that exist in significant numbers in the national
economy that Plaintiff can perform.