Smith v. Berryhill

139 S. Ct. 1765 (2019)

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Smith v. Berryhill

United States Supreme Court
139 S. Ct. 1765 (2019)

  • Written by Jack Newell, JD

Facts

Ricky Smith (plaintiff) applied to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability benefits. Smith’s initial claim was denied on the merits. Smith claims to have sent a letter to appeal, but the SSA claims to have never received it. As a result, Smith’s appeal was rejected for untimeliness. Smith appealed to the district court, which dismissed his claim for lack of jurisdiction, on the grounds that the court could not hear his case until after a final decision by the SSA. The district court said the decision was not final, because the claim was not dismissed on the merits. Smith appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sotomayor, J.)

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