United States District Court, E.D. Kentucky, Central Division, Lexington
OPINION AND ORDER
K. CALDWELL, CHIEF JUDGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT.
plaintiff Janet Coontz brought this action pursuant to 42
U.S.C. § 405(g) to obtain judicial review of an
administrative decision denying her 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 Coontz'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).
one, the ALJ determined that Coontz has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since August 27, 2013, the
alleged onset date. (Administrative Record (“AR”)
two, the ALJ determined that Coontz suffers from the
following severe impairments: low back pain/lumbago with
degenerative lumbar disc and right carpal tunnel syndrome.
(AR at 39.)
three, the ALJ found that Coontz did not have an impairment
or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals
the severity of one of the listed impairments. (AR at 41.)
proceeding to step four, the ALJ determined that Coontz has
the residual functional capacity (RFC) to perform a reduced
range of “medium” work, finding that she can:
lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds occasionally and 25 pounds
frequently; sit six hours out of eight; walk and/or stand six
hours out of eight; and push and/or pull up to the exertional
limitations. She can frequently handle, finger and feel with
the bilateral upper extremities. She can frequently climb
ramps and stairs but never climb ladders, ropes and
scaffolds. She can frequently stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl.
She cannot work at unprotected heights or around moving
mechanical parts or with vibration. .
(AR at 42.)
four, the ALJ determined that, given the RFC described above,
Coontz can still perform her past relevant work as a material
handler and, thus, she is not disabled. (AR at 44.)
also made an alternative finding. Proceeding to step five,
the ALJ determined that, even if Coontz is unable to perform
past relevant work, there are other jobs that exist in
significant numbers in the national economy ...