On August 16, 2005, Ms. Wilson received a de novo hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). The Commissioner follows a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine whether a claimant is disabled. See Williams v. Bowen, 844 F.2d 748, 750 (10th Cir. 1988).
Lax v. Astrue, 489 F.3d 1080, 1084 (10th Cir. 2007) (quotation marks and citations omitted; brackets in original).
In his October 12, 2005, decision, the ALJ determined that Ms. Wilson was not presently engaged in substantial gainful activity and that she did have a medically severe combination of impairments, including the following severe impairments: degenerative disc disease of the cervical and lumbar spine, mitral valve prolapse, history of carpal tunnel, depression, personality disorder, somatoform disorder, and methamphetamine abuse. Admin. R., Vol. I at 22. At step three, the ALJ determined that Ms. Wilson’s combination of impairments did not meet or equal a listed impairment. The ALJ determined that she retained the RFC to perform a range of light activities and was physically “limited to lifting or carrying 10 pounds frequently and 20 pounds occasionally, sitting about 6 hours in an 8 hour work day, and standing or walking about 6 hours in an 8 hour work day.” Id. at 23. The ALJ also determined that Ms. Wilson’s mental limitations “include moderate limitations in the ability to understand, remember, and carry out detailed instructions; maintain attention and concentration for extended periods; interact appropriately with the general public; and get along with coworkers or peers without distracting them or exhibiting behavioral extremes.” Id. With this RFC, the ALJ found that Ms. Wilson could return to her past relevant work as a phlebotomist, and that even if she could not return to her past relevant work, there were a significant number of other jobs which she could perform in the national or regional economy. The ALJ therefore held that Ms. Wilson had not been under a disability from the alleged date of onset to the date of the ALJ’s decision. The Appeals Council denied review, making the ALJ’s decision the Commissioner’s final decision.
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Related Categories: Civil Procedure
|Circuit Court Judge(s)|
|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|David H.M. Gray|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Anne M. Mackland||Social Security Administration|
|C. Geraldine Umphenour||Social Security Administration|