United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division
THADDEUS H. JANOWSKI JR., Plaintiff,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Social Security Administration, Defendant.
OPINION AND ORDER
MAGISTRATE JOHN E. MARTIN UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE.
matter is before the Court on a Complaint [DE 1], filed by
Plaintiff Thaddeus H. Janowski Jr., and Plaintiff's Brief
in Support of Reversing the Decision of the Commissioner of
Social Security [DE 15], filed March 1, 2018. Plaintiff
requests that the decision of the Administrative Law Judge be
reversed and remanded for further proceedings. On April 12,
2018, the Commissioner filed a response, and on April 27,
2018, Plaintiff filed a reply. For the following reasons, the
Court grants Plaintiff's request for remand.
4, 2014, Plaintiff filed an application for benefits alleging
disability beginning October 1, 2013. Plaintiff's
application was denied initially and upon reconsideration. On
October 20, 2016, Administrative Law Judge
(“ALJ”) Karen Sayon held a video hearing at which
Plaintiff, with an attorney, and a vocational expert
(“VE”) testified. On February 8, 2018, 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 June 4, 2014, the application date.
2. The claimant has the following severe impairments: major
depressive disorder and anxiety disorder.
3. The claimant does not have 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
4. The claimant has the residual functional capacity to
perform a full range of work at all exertional levels but
with the following nonexertional limitations: the claimant is
limited to simple instructions. He is further limited to
routine, repetitive tasks. He should work in a low stress
work environment, which is defined as occasional changes in
the workplace setting and simple decision making. He should
have no fast paced production requirements; no public
interaction; and no more than occasional interaction with
supervisors and co-workers.
5. The claimant has no past relevant work.
6. The claimant was 52 years old, which is defined as an
individual closely approaching advancing age, on the date the
application was filed. He is now 55, which is described as an
individual of advanced age.
7. The claimant has at least a high school education and is
able to communicate in English.
8. Transferability of job skills is not an issue because the
claimant does not have past relevant work.
9. Considering the claimant's age, education, work
experience, and residual functional capacity, there are jobs
that exist in significant numbers in the national ...