United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Eastern Division
D. NOCE, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
action is before the Court for judicial review of the final
decision of the defendant Commissioner of Social Security
denying the applications of plaintiff Camille Mackey for
disability insurance benefits (“DIB”) and
supplemental security income (“SSI”) under Titles
II and XVI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 401,
et seq.; § 1601, et seq. The parties
have consented to the exercise of plenary authority by the
undersigned United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 636(c). For the reasons set forth below, the
decision of the Commissioner is affirmed.
Camille Mackey was born on November 25, 1966, and filed his
applications for benefits on June 10, 2015. (Tr. 585). He
alleged a disability onset date of August 1, 2014, for back,
neck, and left elbow problems. (Tr. 585). His applications
were denied by a disability examiner on September 10, 2015,
(Tr. 592, 600). He appealed the decision and requested a
hearing by an administrative law judge (“ALJ”).
20, 2017, plaintiff appeared before an ALJ. (Tr. 552-84). A
vocational expert also testified at the hearing.
(Id.). On January 4, 2018, the ALJ denied
plaintiff's applications. (Tr. 383-97). On July 27, 2018,
the Appeals Council considered additional evidence from
plaintiff but denied his request for review (Tr. 1-4), and
the ALJ's decision became the final decision of the
Commissioner now before this Court for review. 20 C.F.R.
Court adopts the parties' statements of uncontroverted
material facts (Docs. 20, 26). These facts, taken together,
present a fair and accurate summary of the medical record and
testimony at the evidentiary hearing. The Court discusses
specific facts as they are relevant to the parties'
OF THE ALJ
One, the ALJ found that plaintiff met the insured status
requirements and had not engaged in substantial gainful
activity during the period from his alleged disability onset
date of August 1, 2014, through the date he was last insured
on December 31, 2017. (Tr. 385-86). At Step Two, the ALJ
found that plaintiff had the severe impairments of
“status post cervical spine fusion of C5-C6; status
post bilateral carpal tunnel release; and status post
surgical treatment of left and right epicondylitis and
communicating sinus of the left elbow.” (Tr. 386). At
Step Three, the ALJ found that plaintiff had no impairments
or combination of impairments that met or were the medical
equivalent of impairment on the Commissioner's list of
presumptively disabling impairments. (Tr. 388-89); see
also 20 C.F.R. § Pt. 404, Subpt. P, App. 1.
then found that plaintiff has the residual functional
capacity (“RFC”) to:
perform light work as defined in 20 CFR 404.1567(b) and
416.967(b). However, the claimant can never climb ladders,
ropes, or scaffolds, kneel, crouch, and crawl. The claimant
can occasionally climb ramps or stairs, balance, and stoop.
The claimant can frequently reach, handle, finger, and feel.
The claimant must avoid concentrated exposure to vibration,
wetness, humidity, and extremes of heat and cold.
Four, the ALJ found that plaintiff was unable to perform his
past relevant work. (Tr. 395). However, based on
plaintiff's age, education, work experience, and RFC, the
ALJ concluded at Step Five that plaintiff was capable of
performing other jobs existing in significant numbers in the
national economy, such as a hand packer, production
worker/assembler, and cleaner. (Tr. 395-96).