Experienced With SSD Federal Court Appeals
If the Social Security Administration (SSA) Appeals Council reviews your Social Security Disability (SSD) case and denies your request, you may appeal your case in federal court. You have only 60 days from the Appeals Council denial to file a lawsuit in a federal District Court. At this point, we would appeal because we believe there was an error of law and the SSA did not follow its process when evaluating your claim.
At the Law Offices of Coats & Todd, we represent individuals throughout Texas and the nation who seek to appeal their SSD cases in federal court. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of experience with SSD claims and appeals. For a free initial consultation, please call 800-856-1031 or contact us online today.
Filing a Lawsuit in Federal Court
Taking your case to federal court is the end of the SSA administrative process and the start of the civil action process. This is a specialized process, so your lawyer must have experience with federal court SSD appeals.
If the Appeals Council denies your claim or dismisses your request, your attorney can file a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the judicial district in which you live. There is a 60-day deadline from receiving the Appeals Council denial to file the lawsuit.
You do not appear in federal District Court. Your attorney will submit a written brief, and a federal appeals judge will review the record of your entire case. The judge can deny your appeal, remand the case to the Appeals Council or an administrative law judge (ALJ) to review for errors of law, or grant your request for benefits.
If the judge denies your appeal, you may then file your case with the appropriate U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. As in the U.S. District Court process, you do not appear in court at this time. We will prepare and submit a written brief on your behalf. The Court of Appeals may decide to order another hearing on your case or it may deny your appeal.
At this stage, your final recourse is to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. You should be aware, however, that it is extremely rare for the Supreme Court to hear an SSA case.
Appealing Your SSD Case in Federal Court
Our attorneys understand the processes involved at the federal District Court, Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Court levels. Please call our office at 800-856-1031. We offer free initial consultations.