United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division
CHRISTIAN E. LOEFFLER, Plaintiff,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Social Security Administration, Defendant.
OPINION AND ORDER
E. MARTIN MAGISTRATE JUDGE
matter is before the Court on a Complaint [DE 1], filed by
Plaintiff Christian E. Loeffler on May 22, 2017, and
Plaintiff's Brief in Support of His Motion to Reverse the
Decision of the Commissioner of Social Security [DE 16],
filed December 11, 2017. Plaintiff requests that the decision
of the Administrative Law Judge be reversed and remanded for
further proceedings. On January 23, 2018, the Commissioner
filed a response, and on February 19, 2018, Plaintiff filed a
reply. For the following reasons, the Court grants
Plaintiff's request for remand.
21, 2013, Plaintiff filed an application for benefits
alleging that he became disabled on March 1, 2004.
Plaintiff's application was denied initially and upon
reconsideration. On April 29, 2015, Administrative Law Judge
(“ALJ”) William G. Reamon held a video hearing at
which Plaintiff, with an attorney, and a vocational expert
(“VE”) testified. On August 13, 2015, the ALJ
issued a decision finding that Plaintiff was not disabled.
made the following findings under the required five-step
1. The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since May 21, 2013, the application date.
2. The claimant has severe impairments: degenerative disc
disease of the lumbar spine with L4-5 disc space narrowing
3. The claimant does not have an impairment or combination of
impairments that meet or medically equal the severity of one
the listed impairments in 20 CFR 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1.
4. The claimant had the residual functional capacity to
perform light work, except: never climbing ladders, ropes, or
scaffolds; occasionally climbing ramps or stairs;
occasionally balance, stoop, crouch, kneel, and crawl.
Claimant should avoid concentrated exposure to wetness and
vibration. Claimant should have no exposure to unprotected
heights, hazardous machinery, or slippery/uneven surfaces.
5. The claimant is capable of performing past relevant work
as a Cabinet Assembler, light, semiskilled (SVP-3), as
described in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) and
as performed by the claimant. This work doses not require the
performance of work-related activities precluded by the
claimant's residual functional capacity.
6. The claimant has not been under a disability, as defined
in the Social Security Act, since May 21, 2013, the date the
application was filed.
Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request for review,
leaving the ALJ's decision the final decision of the
parties filed forms of consent to have this case assigned to
a United States Magistrate Judge to conduct all further
proceedings and to order the entry of a final judgment in
this Court has jurisdiction to decide this case pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § ...