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Monday v. Colvin

United States District Court, E.D. Kentucky, Central Division, Lexington

March 27, 2015

GLENN MONDAY, Plaintiff,
v.
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.

OPINION AND ORDER

KAREN K. CALDWELL, Chief District Judge.

The plaintiff Glenn Monday brought this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) to obtain judicial review of an administrative decision denying his claim for Supplemental Security Income. The Court, having reviewed the record, will affirm the Commissioner's decision.

FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND

An Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") denied Monday's claim (Administrative Record ("AR") at 6) and Monday now asks this Court to review that decision. This Court's review of the Commissioner's decision is limited to determining whether it "is supported by substantial evidence and was made pursuant to proper legal standards." Rabbers v. Comm'r Soc. Sec., 582 F.3d 647, 651 (6th Cir.2009).

In denying Monday's claim, the ALJ engaged in the five-step sequential process set forth in the regulations under the Social Security Act (the "Act"). 20 C.F.R. § 404.1520(a)-(e). See, e.g., Walters v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec., 127 F.3d 525, 529 (6th Cir. 1997).

At step one, the ALJ determined that the claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful activity since February 28, 2011, the application date. (AR at 11).

At step two, the ALJ determined that Monday suffers from the following severe impairments: degenerative disc disease to the lumbar spine and adjustment disorder. (AR at 11.)

At step three, the ALJ found the claimant does not have an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the severity of one of the listed impairments. (AR at 12.)

The ALJ determined that Monday has the residual functional capacity (RFC) to perform "light" work as defined by 20 C.F.R. § 416.967(b) with the following exceptions:

[H]e cannot climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds; he cannot work at unprotected heights; he cannot work around hazardous machinery; and he is limited to the performance of simple, routine, repetitive tasks in an environment that does not involve interaction with the general public and where there are few changes in the routine work setting and any changes are introduced gradually.

(AR at 13.)

At step four, the ALJ found that Monday has no past relevant work. (AR at 19.)

At step five, the ALJ determined that, given the described RFC, Monday could perform jobs that exist in significant numbers in the national economy ...


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