United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division
BRENDA G. YOUNG, Plaintiff,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Defendant.
OPINION AND ORDER
E. MARTIN, MAGISTRATE JUDGE
matter is before the Court on a Complaint [DE 1], filed by
Plaintiff Brenda G. Young on July 17, 2015, and
Plaintiff's Brief in Support of Reversing the Decision of
the Commissioner of Social Security [DE 14], filed by
Plaintiff on November 2, 2015. Plaintiff requests that the
decision of the Administrative Law Judge be reversed with an
award of benefits or remanded for further proceedings. On
February 19, 2016, the Commissioner filed a response, and on
February 29, 2016, Plaintiff filed a reply. For the following
reasons, the Court grants Plaintiff's request for remand.
December 29, 2011, Plaintiff filed an application for
benefits alleging that she became disabled on December 20,
2011. Plaintiff's application was denied initially and
upon reconsideration. On February 11, 2014, Administrative
Law Judge (“ALJ”) Robert M. Senander held a
hearing at which Plaintiff, with an attorney, and a
vocational expert (“VE”) testified. On April 18,
2014, the ALJ issued a decision finding that Plaintiff was
made the following findings under the required five-step
1. The claimant met the insured status requirements of the
Social Security Act through December 31, 2015.
2. The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since the alleged onset date.
3. Since the alleged onset date of December 30, 2010, the
claimant has had severe impairments: status/post breast
cancer and lumpectomy, osteopenia, and pelvic floor
dysfunction. Beginning on the established onset date of
disability, July 24, 2012, the claimant has had severe
impairments in addition to the above: bilateral mastectomy
September 2013 and diagnosed with degenerative disc disease
of the cervical spine.
4. Since the alleged onset date, the claimant has not had an
impairment or combination of impairments that meets or
medically equals the severity of one the listed impairments
in 20 CFR 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1.
5. Prior to July 24, 2012, the date on which the claimant
became disabled, she had the residual functional capacity to
perform light work as defined in 20 CFR 404.1567(b) and
416.967(b) except never climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds
and no more than occasional climbing ramps and stairs.
Claimant is limited to occasional kneeling, crouching, and
crawling, and frequent fine manipulation.
6. Beginning on July 24, 2012, the claimant had the residual
functional capacity to perform light work as defined in 20
CFR 404.1567(b) and 20 CFR 416.967(b) except she should never
climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds, and is limited to no more
than occasional stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling.
Claimant is limited to occasional fine and gross
7. Prior to July 24, 2012, the claimant was capable of
performing past relevant work as an administrative assistant.
This work did not require the performance of work-related
activities precluded by the claimant's residual
8. Beginning on July 24, 2012, the claimant's residual
functional capacity has prevented her from performing past
9. The claimant was an individual of advanced age on July 24,
2012, the established ...