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Young v. Colvin

United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division

August 31, 2016

BRENDA G. YOUNG, Plaintiff,
v.
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Defendant.

          OPINION AND ORDER

          JOHN E. MARTIN, MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         This 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.

         I. Procedural Background

         On 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 not disabled.

         The ALJ made the following findings under the required five-step analysis:

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 manipulation.
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 functional capacity.
8. Beginning on July 24, 2012, the claimant's residual functional capacity has prevented her from performing past relevant work.
9. The claimant was an individual of advanced age on July 24, 2012, the established ...

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