United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division
OPINION AND ORDER
E. MARTIN MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
matter is before the Court on a Complaint [DE 1], filed by
Plaintiff Randall Reed on June 4, 2015, and Plaintiff's
Brief in Support of Reversing the Decision of the
Commissioner of Social Security [DE 18], filed by Plaintiff
on July 10, 2017. Plaintiff requests that the decision of the
Administrative Law Judge be reversed and remanded for
benefits or further proceedings. On October 18, 2017, the
Commissioner filed a response, and on November 1, 2017,
Plaintiff filed a reply.
December 3, 2012, Plaintiff filed an application for benefits
alleging that he became disabled on June 1, 2008.
Plaintiff's application was denied initially and upon
reconsideration. On December 10, 2014, Administrative Law
Judge (“ALJ”) William E. Sampson held a hearing
at which Plaintiff, with an attorney representative, and a
vocational expert (“VE”) testified. On February
25, 2015, the ALJ issued a decision finding that Plaintiff
was not disabled.
made the following findings under the required five-step
1. The claimant met the insured status requirements of the
Social Security Act through March 31, 2012.
2. The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since June 1, 2008, the alleged onset date.
3. The claimant had the following severe impairments:
residuals from ankle fractures, degenerative joint disease of
the left shoulder, degenerative disc disease of the spine,
osteoarthritis, and hypertension.
4. The claimant does not have an impairment or combination of
impairments that meets or medically equals any of the listed
impairments in 20 CFR 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1.
5. The claimant has the residual functional capacity to
perform light work, except that the claimant can lift and/or
carry 20 pounds occasionally and 10 pound frequently, can sit
up to six hours of an eight-hour workday, and can stand
and/or walk up to six hours of an eight-hour workday. The
claimant can occasionally climb ramps and stairs, but never
ladders, ropes, or scaffolds. The claimant can occasionally
balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch, but can never crawl. The
claimant can occasionally fully extend his arms bilaterally.
The claimant must avoid concentrated exposure to extreme
cold. The claimant can occasionally perform flexion of the
neck. Due to pain and side effects of pain medication, the
claimant is limited to simple, routine, and repetitive tasks.
The claimant requires a sit-stand option cut cannot go
off-task when alternating positions.
6. The claimant is unable to perform past relevant work.
7. The claimant was 39 years old, defined as a younger
individual age 18-49, on the alleged disability onset date.
8. The claimant has at least a high school education and is
able to communicate in English.
9. Transferability of job skills is not material to the
determination of disability because the claimant is
“not disabled, ” whether or not ...