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Lee v. Colvin

United States District Court, D. Oregon

February 6, 2015

MICHAEL LEE, Plaintiff,
v.
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Commissioner, Social Security Administration, Defendant.

BRUCE W. BREWER Law Offices of Bruce W. Brewer, PC, West Linn, OR., Attorney for Plaintiff.

S. AMANDA MARSHALL, United States Attorney, RONALD K. SILVER, Assistant United States Attorney, Portland, OR.

DAVID MORADO, Regional Chief Counsel, HEATHER L. GRIFFITH, Special Assistant United States Attorneys, Social Security Administration, Seattle, WA. Attorneys for Defendant.

OPINION AND ORDER

ANNA J. BROWN, District Judge.

Plaintiff Michael Lee seeks judicial review of a final decision of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) in which she denied Plaintiff's application for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) under Title II of the Act.

This Court has jurisdiction to review the Commissioner's decision pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ยง 405(g). Following a thorough review of the record, the Court AFFIRMS the final decision of the Commissioner.

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Plaintiff filed his application for DIB on August 11, 2010. Tr. 142.[1] His application was denied initially and on reconsideration. An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) held a hearing on June 13, 2012. Tr. 28. At the hearing Plaintiff was represented by an attorney. Plaintiff and a vocational expert (VE) testified at the hearing. Tr. 41.

The ALJ issued a decision on July 17, 2012, in which he found Plaintiff is not entitled to benefits. Tr. 33. That decision became the final decision of the Commissioner on August 23, 2013, when the Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request for review. Tr. 1-3.

BACKGROUND

Plaintiff was born on February 14, 1956, and was 56 years old on the date of the hearing. Tr. 142. Plaintiff has an associate degree. Tr. 194. Plaintiff has prior relevant work experience as a heavy-equipment operator. Tr. 22.

Plaintiff alleges disability since February 7, 1998, due to injuries related to an automobile accident, diabetes, high blood pressure, post-traumatic stress disorder, and arthritis. Tr. 142, 146.

Plaintiff does not challenge the ALJ's summary of the medical evidence. After carefully reviewing the medical records, this Court adopts the ALJ's ...


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