United States District Court, E.D. Kentucky, Southern Division
OPINION AND ORDER
K. CALDWELL, CHIEF JUDGE
plaintiff Jerry Ray Shepherd brought this action pursuant to
42 U.S.C. § 405(g) to obtain judicial review of an
administrative decision denying his claim for disability
insurance benefits. The Court, having reviewed the record,
will affirm the Commissioner's decision.
AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
Court's review of the decision by the Administrative Law
Judge (“ALJ”) 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).
denying Shepherd'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.
one, the ALJ determined that Shepherd has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since June 1, 2012, the alleged
onset date. (Administrative Record (“AR”) at 23.)
two, the ALJ determined that Ridge suffers from the following
severe impairments: lumbago and right shoulder articular
cartilage disorder. (AR at 23.)
three, the ALJ found that Shepherd did not have an impairment
or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals
the severity of one of the listed impairments in 20 C.F.R.
Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1. (AR at 24.)
proceeding to step four, the ALJ determined that Shepherd has
the residual functional capacity (RFC) to perform “a
limited range of medium work” as defined by 20 C.F.R.
§ 404.1567(c) as follows:
[H]e can lift, carry, push and pull twenty five pounds
frequently and fifty pounds occasionally; he can stand and
walk for six hours in an eight hour day; he can sit for six
hours in an eight hour day; he can frequently climb ramps and
stairs, stoop, crouch and crawl; he can occasionally climb
ladders, ropes, scaffolds; he should avoid concentrated
exposure to extreme cold, humidity and vibrations; and he
cannot use his upper right extremity to reach overhead.
(AR at 24.)
four, the ALJ found that Shepherd is unable to perform any
past relevant work. (AR at 27.)
five, the ALJ determined that, considering the RFC described
above and Shepherd's age, education, and work experience,
he can perform jobs that exist in significant numbers in the