My NC disability claim was denied in the 1980s, is it considered a 'Hyatt Case?'

hyatt disability caseMore than 75,000 individuals are eligible for reconsideration of their disability claims after a landmark case Hyatt v. Shalala. Since the Hyatt ruling, individuals who qualify for reconsideration are often referred to as 'Hyatt Cases.' Individuals who believe they are eligible for the protections afforded by the court ruling should consider a few points:

  • Time the disability was claimed. The court orders apply to Social Security Disability cases that occurred in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Denial. The case law applies to individuals whose disability claims were denied in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Reason for disability denial. The lawsuit pertained to certain types of claims with little to no substantial evidence of medical improvement and were being denied by officials who arbitrarily decided the claimant's disability had improved. Many of the lawsuit cases referenced pain. Other conditions such as hypertension or diabetes were also cited.


Hyatt Cases are generally one of the most difficult types of disability cases to win. Claimants must meet all the criteria and documents should be gathered and prepared properly. Fortunately, our firm has an attorney who is a Board Certified Social Security Disability Benefits Specialist and who has successfully won a Hyatt Case. Contact our office for a free case evaluation.