United States District Court, E.D. Kentucky, Central Division, Lexington
DEBI J. HULL, Plaintiff,
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY,  Defendant.
OPINION AND ORDER
K. CALDWELL, CHIEF JUDGE
Debi J. Hull brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §
405(g) to obtain judicial review of an administrative
decision denying Hull's claim for disability insurance
benefits. The Court, having review the record, will affirm.
Factual 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. Admin., 582 F.3d 647, 651 (6th Cir.
2009) (internal quotation marks omitted).
filed for benefits in May 2012, alleging disability due to
numerous conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder,
breathing problems, no hearing in her right ear, back injury,
foot injuries, wrist injury, arthritis, depression, ataxia,
bipolar disorder, memory problems, and tinnitus.
(Administrative Record (“AR”) at 57).
denying Hull's claim, the ALJ engaged in the five-step
sequential process set forth in the regulations under the
Social Security 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).
one, the ALJ determined that Hull has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since October 20, 2011, the
alleged onset date. (AR at 14).
two, the ALJ determined that Hull suffers from the following
severe impairment: arthropathies. (AR at 15).
three, the ALJ found that Hull 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 17).
proceeding to step four, the ALJ determined Hull has the
residual functional capacity (“RFC”) to perform
medium work as defined in 20 C.F.R. 404.1567(c) and
Specifically, the claimant is limited to lifting/carrying 50
pounds only occasionally and lifting/carrying 25 pounds
frequently, as opposed to constantly; standing/walking six
hours in an eight-hour workday; sitting for six hours in an
eight-hour workday; and only occasional exposure to dust and
(AR at 17-18).
four, the ALJ found that Hull has no past relevant work. (AR
five, the ALJ determined that, considering the RFC described
above and Hull's age, education, and work experience,
there are jobs that exist in significant numbers in ...