United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division
OPINION AND ORDER
E. MARTIN JUDGE
matter is before the Court on a Complaint [DE 1], filed by
Plaintiff Judith Reynolds on June 30, 2017, and
Plaintiff's Opening Brief [DE 19], filed December 20,
2017. Plaintiff requests that the decision of the
Administrative Law Judge be reversed and remanded for further
proceedings. On January 31, 2018, the Commissioner filed a
response, and on February 6, 2018, Plaintiff filed a reply.
For the following reasons, the Court grants Plaintiff's
request for remand.
March 11, 2014, Plaintiff filed an application for benefits
alleging that she became disabled on January 30, 2014.
Plaintiff's application was denied initially and upon
reconsideration. On May 12, 2016, Administrative Law Judge
(“ALJ”) Shane McGovern held a hearing at which
Plaintiff, with an attorney, and a vocational expert
(“VE”) testified. On June 27, 2016, the ALJ
issued a decision finding that Plaintiff was not disabled.
made the following findings under the required five-step
1. The claimant meets the insured status of the Social
Security Act through December 31, 2019.
2. The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since January 30, 2014, the alleged onset date.
3. The claimant has severe impairments: diabetes mellitus
with neuropathy, obesity, bipolar disorder, and anxiety
4. 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.
5. The claimant had the residual functional capacity to
perform light work, except: the claimant can never climb
ladders, ropes, or scaffolds but can occasionally climb ramps
or stairs and occasionally balance, stoop, crouch, kneel, and
crawl. The claimant can have no exposure to unprotected
heights or moving mechanical parts. The claimant is limited
to simple, routine, and repetitive tasks free of production
rate pace and quotas. The claimant cannot perform any
teamwork or tandem tasks and requires low stress jobs. The
claimant can have occasional interaction with coworkers and
supervisors; and no more than 10% interaction with the
6. The claimant is unable to perform past relevant work.
7. The claimant was 48 years old, defined as a younger
individual age 18-49, on the alleged disability onset date.
The claimant subsequently changed age category to closely
approaching advanced age.
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 ...