Federal Court of Appeals

Under the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) decisions of the Social Security Administration (SSA) are subject to judicial review in United States District Court. Once SSA issues a final administrative decision, you have sixty (60) days from the date on the notice to initial a civil action in the U.S. District Court for the judicial district in which you reside. 42 U.S.C. § 405(g).

Not all attorneys who handle Social Security disability claims at the administrative level (Administrative Law Judge hearings and the Appeals Council) have the qualifications or experience to appeal an unfavorable disability decision in U.S. District Court. When considering an attorney to handle your disability claim, consider whether the lawyer has the ability to represent you at all levels of appeal, including in U.S. District Court. Also evaluate whether the lawyer has demonstrated the tenacity to stick with a case for as long as it takes because unfortunately, in some cases, applying for and obtaining Social Security disability insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income can take several years and multiple appeals.

Attorney Matthew D. Lane, Jr. is licensed to practice law in all federal courts in the State of Louisiana and has litigated over one-hundred disability appeals against the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSA has its own lawyers to defend the its denial of your benefits, but Mr. Lane has the experience needed to help you assert your rights and the determination necessary to obtain a just decision. Submit a free claim evaluation today.