Recent favorable outcomes demonstrate that Matthew D. Lane, Jr., has the experience and tenacity to prevail during the long and complex Social Security disability appeal process.
Matthew D. Lane, Jr. recently obtained long-overdue disability benefits for a client out of work since 2007 with multiple impairments, including bipolar disorder, who filed a disability insurance claim in 2008. We obtained a medical source statement (MSS) from client’s treating psychiatrist indicating his impairments precluded sustained employment, but an administrative law judge (ALJ) nonetheless denied the claim in 2011. We appealed, and in 2013, a United States District Court reversed the ALJ’s decision. In 2014, a second ALJ found our client disabled based on the opinions of the client’s treating psychiatrist.
In 2015, over seven years after leaving work and due to our diligent representation, the client received past-due Social Security disability insurance benefits (DIB) totaling over one-hundred thousand dollars.
Similarly, in late 2014, Matthew D. Lane, Jr. obtained a fully favorable ALJ decision for a client with femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAI), lumbar disc problems, central canal stenosis, and lumbar radiculopathy. The client left work in 2010, and an ALJ issued an unfavorable ALJ decision in 2011. We appealed, and in early 2014, a U.S. District Court reversed the ALJ’s decision. The favorable outcome was again due in part to a MSS obtained by Matthew D. Lane, Jr.
In late 2014, Matthew D. Lane, Jr. helped a client with inflammatory arthritis in multiple joints obtain a fully favorable ALJ decision following a successful appeal to the Appeals Council. The client left work as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) due to arthritis and filed a claim for benefits in 2011; an ALJ denied her claim in 2013, and we appealed. Key evidence in the case included a MSS we obtained from client’s treating rheumatologist.
When Matthew D. Lane, Jr. has a legitimate basis to believe an individual’s due process rights were violated and that SSA wrongfully denied a disability claim, we appeal for as long as it takes to obtain the benefits to which the individual is legally entitled. We have the required skills and experience to represent individuals at all levels of the administrative appeals process (ALJ hearings & Appeals Council) and in U.S. District Court.
The Federal government and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have nearly unlimited money, time, and resources to expend when denying your Social Security disability claim and oppose your appeal. When hiring a lawyer to handle your disability appeal, 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.
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In an application for disability insurance benefits (DIB) before the Social Security Administration (SSA), Matthew D. Lane, Jr. recently obtained a fully-favorable administrative law judge (ALJ) decision for a 53 year-old, female client with multiple spinal impairments, including a herniated lumbar disc contacting a nerve root and prior cervical fusion surgery,
“Now, because of Matthew D. Lane, Jr., my life has meaning and I can . . . live and have money to live with.” she wrote.
Based in part on a medical source statement (MSS) we obtained from client’s treating orthopedic surgeon and a pre-hearing memorandum submitted on client’s behalf, the ALJ issued a favorable decision several days after client’s hearing finding her disabled under the Medical-Vocational Guidelines (20 C.F.R. Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 2).
“I was very pleased,” she wrote, “because of Matthew D. Lane, Jr., I was able to get my case settled very fast.” It was heartening to see the system work properly for a woman who spent the last 20 years laboring and paying for Social Security Disability Insurance coverage that she so desperately needed once injured.
Last week, just forty-two days after being retained as counsel, I obtained a fully-favorable, on the record decision from an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for a client diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic lung cancer.
Our client originally applied, without representation, for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) due to a brain aneurysm, and after receiving an initial denial by the State agency, client was diagnosed with lung cancer. Our client was understandably overwhelmed by the diagnosis and consulted Matthew D. Lane, Jr. to see what could be done to get help quickly.
After meeting with the client, I obtained updated treatment records, payroll records, and an opinion letter (medical source statement) from the treating doctor. I submitted these materials to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, along with a letter requesting expedited handling of the case, including a request for classification of his case as a critical TERI case and for a compassionate allowance.
The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) special procedures for handling of critical cases, such as advanced stage lung cancer, worked as intended in this case. Forty-two days after meeting the client, we received a fully-favorable, on the record decision from the ALJ.
Due to my experience and knowledge of SSA’s complex regulations, I was able to my client in obtaining an expedited decision and payment of benefits from SSA, and as a result, the client has been able to focus on matters of larger concern.
SSA and the ALJ’s handling of this case were extraordinary; I was very pleased to see the critical case procedures work as intended for a client who required rapid assistance.
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On August 7, 2014, the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released an Audit Report regarding the effects of SSA’s reduction in field office operating hours. As of January 2013, SSA’s field offices, which are the primary locations for the public to obtain face-to-face services from SSA, closed to the public one hour earlier each week day and every Wednesday at noon. As a result, field offices are now open to the public 27 hours per week whereas they were previously open 35 hours per week.
As a result of the reduction in hours, the OIG found that “[a]verage public wait times increased.” The average field office wait time went from 14.4 minutes in July 2011 to 30.5 minutes in November 2013 – “more than double the wait time before the reduction in hours began. “In addition, reduced hours “created customer lines out the [field office] door because of insufficient lobby seating to handle the increased visitor volume per hour. At times, visitors waited outside in the rain.”
The OIG concluded that the reduction in field office hours led to a longer wait time for decisions on disability claims during fiscal year 2013.
I echo and support the sentiments of David Cox, Sr., the President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), who, in a recent Washington Post article, called for proper funding of SSA so that Americans who have earned Social Security benefits through a lifetime of work are fairly and timely served. Individuals of retirement age or with disabilities and who have paid FICA taxes out of every paycheck to fund the Social Security system deserve better treatment from their government.
On Saturday, April 27, 2013, Attorney Matthew Lane and Paralegal Nancy Goodwin presented a one-hour seminar on Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income at the Hemophilia Federation of America’s (HFA) 2013 Symposium in Dallas, TX. The Powerpoint slides used during the presentation can be viewed by clicking on the following link: “Understanding Social Security & SSI.”