United States District Court, E.D. Kentucky, Central Division, Lexington
DAVID M. HOLDER, Plaintiff,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, ACTING COMMISSIONER OF SSA, Defendant.
OPINION AND ORDER
K. CALDWELL, CHIEF JUDGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT.
plaintiff David M. Holder 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 Holder's, 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 Holder did not engage in
substantial gainful activity between his initial onset date
of December 23, 2008 and December 31, 2013, the date he was
last insured. (Administrative Record (“AR”) at
two, the ALJ determined that, during that time period, Holder
suffered from the severe impairment of degenerative disc
disease. (AR at 21.)
three, the ALJ found that, during the relevant time period,
Holder did not have an impairment or combination of
impairments that met or medically equaled the severity of one
of the listed impairments. (AR at 23.)
proceeding to step four, the ALJ determined that, during the
relevant time period, Holder had the residual functional
capacity (RFC) to perform a limited range of
“light” work as defined by 20 C.F.R. §§
404.1567(b) with the following limitations:
He could lift and or carry 20 pounds occasionally and 10
pounds frequently, stand and or walk six hours out of an
eight-hour workday, and sit six hours out of an eight-hour
workday. The claimant could frequently push and or pull with
his left lower extremity and occasionally (a) crouch, and (b)
climb a ladder or rope.
(AR at 23.)
four, the ALJ determined that, given the RFC described above,
Holder was not able to perform his past relevant work as an
industrial truck operator. (AR at 26.)
five, the ALJ determined that, considering the RFC described
above and Holder's age, education, and work experience,
during the relevant time period, there were jobs that existed
in significant numbers in the national economy ...