United States District Court, W.D. Kentucky, Louisville Division
CURTIS A. BLANDFORD, Plaintiff,
NANCY BERRYHILL, ACTING COMMISSIONER OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Defendant.
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Lindsay, Magistrate Judge
Curtis Blandford (“Blandford”) appeals the
Commissioner's decision denying his application for
supplemental security income (“SSI”) benefits.
(DN 9, #347.) On January 6, 2017, Blandford consented to the
undersigned's jurisdiction. (DN 8.) For the reasons
stated below, the Court AFFIRMS the
Statement of Facts
filed his application for SSI on July 22, 2013. (DN 9, #347.)
His application was initially denied in October 2013 and
again upon reconsideration. (Id.) Blandford, his
attorney, and his mother appeared before Administrative Law
Judge Dwight Wilkerson (“ALJ”) for a hearing in
July 2015. (DN 6-2, #59.) The ALJ issued an unfavorable
decision in August 2015. (Id. at 38.) In his written
opinion, the ALJ made the following findings:
1. The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since July 22, 2013, the application date (20 CFR
416.971 et seq.).
2. The claimant has the following severe impairments:
schizoaffective disorder bipolar type, mood disorder,
anxiety, and history of substance abuse (20 CFR 416.920(c)).
3. The claimant does not have an impairment or combination of
impairments that meets or medically equals the severity of
one of the listed impairments in 20 CFR Part 404, Subpart P,
Appendix 1 (20 CFR 416.920(d), 416.925 and 416.926(a).
4. The claimant has the residual functional capacity to
perform a full range of work at all exertional levels, but
with the following nonexertional limitations: he can
understand, remember, and carry out simple instructions and
consistently perform routine tasks on a sustained basis with
normal supervision. He is able to tolerate occasional,
superficial interactions with coworkers and supervisors in a
work environment without public contact, fast pace, or more
than occasional changes. He is limited to being in the
presence of no more than a few familiar others.
5. The claimant has no past relevant work (20 CFR 416.965).
6. The claimant was born on June 29, 1989 and was 24 years
old, which is defined as a younger individual age 18-49, on
the date the application was filed (20 CFR 416.963).
7. The claimant has at least a high school education and is
able to communicate in English (20 CFR 416.964).
8. Transferability of job skills is not an issue because the
claimant does not have past relevant work (20 CFR 416.968).
9. Considering the claimant's age, education, work
experience, and residual functional capacity, there are jobs
that exist in significant numbers in the national economy
that the claimant can perform (20 CFR 416.969 and
10. The claimant has not been under a disability, as defined
in the Social Security Act, since July 22, 2013, the date the
application was filed (20 CFR 416.920(g)).
(DN 6-2, #43-52.) The Appeals Council subsequently denied
Blanford's request for review. (Id. at 27.)
Standard of Review
Social Security Act authorizes payment of SSI to persons with
disabilities. 42 U.S.C. Â§' 401 et seq. (Title II
Disability Insurance Benefits), 1381 et seq. (Title XVI
Supplemental Security Income). The term
“disability” is defined as follows:
[An i]nability to engage in any substantial gainful activity
by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental
impairment which can be expected to result in death or which
has lasted or can be expected to last for a ...