United States District Court, M.D. Tennessee, Nashville Division
Frensley Magistrate Judge
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
H. SHARP, CHIEF JUDGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
before the Court is Plaintiff Reba Jones
(“Jones”) Motion for Judgment on the
Administrative Record (“Motion”) (Doc. No. 17),
filed with a Memorandum in Support (Doc. No. 18). Defendant
Commissioner of Social Security (“Commissioner”)
filed a Response in Opposition to Jones' Motion (Doc. No.
21). This case was referred to Magistrate Judge Frensley, but
the Court hereby withdraws that referral. In addition, upon
consideration of the Parties' filings and the transcript
of the administrative record (Doc. No. 11),  and for the
reasons given below, the Court will DENY
20, 2012 Jones filed an application for Disability Insurance
Benefits (“DIB”) under Title II of the Social
Security Act and Supplemental Security Income
(“SSI”) under Title XVI of the Act, alleging a
disability onset of April 20, 2012. (A.R. 174.) Jones'
claim was denied at the initial and reconsideration stages of
state agency review. Jones subsequently requested de
novo review of his case by an Administrative Law Judge
(“ALJ”). The ALJ heard the case on September 30,
2013, when Jones appeared, was represented by an attorney,
and gave testimony. (Id. at 39.) Testimony was also
received from an impartial vocational expert. At the
conclusion of the hearing, the matter was taken under
advisement until October 25, 2013, when the ALJ issued a
written decision finding Jones not disabled. (Id. at
21.) That decision contains the following enumerated
1. Jones meets the insured status requirements of the Social
Security Act through December 31, 2017.
2. Jones has not engaged in substantial gainful activity
since the alleged onset date (20 C.F.R. 404.1571 et
seq., and 416.971 et seq.).
3. Jones has the following severe impairments: status post
bilateral carpal tunnel release surgeries; learning
disability; and depressive disorder (20 C.F.R. 404.1520(c)
4. Jones does not have an impairment or combination of
impairments that meets or medically equals the severity of
one of the listed impairments in 20 C.F.R. Part 404, Subpart
P, Appendix 1 (20 C.F.R. 404.1520(d), 404.1525, 404.1526,
416.920(d), 416.925 and 416.926).
5. Jones has the residual functional capacity
(“RFC”) to lift 10 pounds occasionally and
frequently; stand and/or walk six hours in an eight-hour day;
sit up to six hours; occasionally climb ramps and stairs;
occasionally balance, kneel, stoop, crouch, and crawl;
frequently but not constantly handle and finger with the
bilateral upper extremities; and perform simple tasks in
which reading and writing are not essential. However, she
should avoid climbing ladders, ropes, and scaffolds and other
heights and hazards and should work in a setting where
changes in the workplace are infrequent and gradually
6. Jones is unable to perform any past relevant work (20
C.F.R. 404.1565 and 416.965).
7. Jones was born on January 13, 1967 and was 45 years old,
which is defined as a younger individual age 45-49, on the
alleged disability onset date (20 C.F.R. 404.1563 and
8. Jones has a marginal education and is able to communicate
in English (20 C.F.R. 404.1564 and 416.964).
9. Transferability of job skills is not an issue in this case
because Jones' past relevant work is unskilled (20 C.F.R.
404.1568 and 416.968).
10. Considering Jones' age, education, work experience
and RFC, there are jobs that exist in significant numbers in
the national economy that she can perform (20 C.F.R.
404.1569, 404.1569(a), 416.969, 416.969(a)).
11. Jones has not been under a disability within the meaning
of the Social Security Act from April 20, 2012 through the
date of this decision ...