United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division
JACOB D. SMITH, Plaintiff,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Defendant.
OPINION AND ORDER
E. MARTIN JUDGE
matter is before the Court on a Complaint [DE 1], filed by
Plaintiff on November 23, 2016, and Plaintiff's Opening
Brief [DE 14], filed by Plaintiff on March 29, 2017.
Plaintiff requests that the decision of the Administrative
Law Judge be reversed and remanded for further proceedings.
On July 10, 2017, the Commissioner filed a response, and
Plaintiff replied on July 24, 2017. For the following
reasons, the Court grants Plaintiff's request for remand.
2013, Plaintiff filed an application for benefits alleging
that he became disabled on December 30, 2008. Plaintiff's
application was denied initially and upon reconsideration. On
April 26, 2015, Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”)
Jason C. Earnhart held a hearing at which Plaintiff, with an
attorney, Plaintiff's grandmother, and a vocational
expert (“VE”) testified. On April 13, 2015, the
ALJ issued a decision finding that Plaintiff was not
made the following findings under the required five-step
1. The claimant had not yet attained age 22 as of December
30, 2008, the alleged onset date.
2. The claimant met the insured status requirements of the
Social Security Act through March 31, 2010.
3. The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since December 30, 2008, the alleged onset date.
4. Prior to attaining age 22, and continuing through the date
of this decision, the claimant has the following severe
impairments: spinal disorder, obesity, and multiple mental
health impairments, including depressive disorder, bipolar
disorder, anxiety disorder, ADHD, and schizoaffective
5. Prior to attaining age 22, and continuing through the date
of the decision, the claimant did not have an impairment or
combination of impairments that met or medically equalled any
of the listed impairments in 20 CFR 404, Subpart P, Appendix
6. The claimant has the residual functional capacity to
perform medium work except that he is limited to simple,
routine, and repetitive tasks with no fast production pace
work or tandem tasks; the claimant is never able to interact
with the public and he is limited to no more than occasional
interaction with supervisors and coworkers.
7. The claimant has no past relevant work.
8. The claimant was 20 years old, defined as a younger
individual age 18-49, on the alleged ...