You can bring a Social Security civil law suit — but only if you jump through the right hoops first. Before you bring your Social Security civil law suit, you have to file your claim with Social Security. You must then wait for a decision. If denied, you must then ask for reconsideration. If denied again, you must then request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. If denied, you must request review by Social Security’s Appeals Council. Once the Appeals Council denies the case, you can finally file that Social Security civil law suit.
It takes anywhere from two to four years to get through the entire process before you can file your Social Security civil law suit.
What happens if you try to skip a step and get your Social Security civil law suit going quicker? You’ll get your hand slapped. You’ll just be denied. Like it or not, you have to take it one step at a time. The good thing is that it is certainly possible that you will be approved somewhere along the line and never need to file a Social Security civil law suit.
At the Charles T. Hall Law Firm, we frequently file a Social Security civil law suit but we try hard to win cases much earlier in the process.