United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division
TABITHA A. RAIMBAULT, 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 Tabitha A. Raimbault on January 22, 2018, and
Plaintiff's Brief in Support of Reversing the Decision of
the Commissioner of Social Security [DE 17], filed July 2,
2018. Plaintiff requests that the decision of the
Administrative Law Judge be reversed and remanded for an
award of benefits or, in the alternative, for further
proceedings. On August 6, 2018, the Commissioner filed a
response, and on August 27, 2018, Plaintiff filed a reply.
18, 2013, Plaintiff filed an application for supplemental
security income, alleging that she became disabled on June
24, 2006. Plaintiff's applications were denied initially
and upon reconsideration. On December 10, 2015,
Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) B. Lloyd Blair
held a hearing at which Plaintiff and a vocational expert
(“VE”) testified. Plaintiff was represented by an
attorney at the hearing. On January 26, 2016, 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 July 19, 2013, the application date.
2. The claimant has the following severe impairments: History
of L5-S1 fusion, cervical spine degenerative disc disease,
degenerative joint disease of the bilateral knees, carpal
tunnel syndrome (CTS), osteoporosis, bipolar disorder, mood
disorder, panic disorder with agoraphobia, and anxiety
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 light work as defined in 20 CFR 416.967(b) except she
could never use ladders, scaffolds, or ropes; only
occasionally use ramps, stairs, stoop, kneel, crouch, or
crawl; should avoid concentrated exposure to vibrations;
never use torque, pneumatic, or power tools; frequently but
not constantly handle or finger; occasionally bend, twist, or
turn at the waist or the neck; should have only simple
unskilled work with one, two, or three-step instructions;
jobs that do not require teamwork or working in close
proximity of coworkers; work that involves minimal contact
and directions from a supervisor; and work requiring brief
and superficial contact with the general public.
5. The claimant has no past relevant work.
6. The claimant was 44 years old, which is defined as a
younger individual age 18-49, on the date the application was
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 ...