Suing the Social Security Administration in Federal Court
You need experienced legal guidance before taking this step
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers a number of levels of appeal to challenge the reduction or denial of a claim for Social Security disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. But if you exhaust all of your options with the SSA, you can still bring a lawsuit in federal court. This decision is not one to be made lightly—Social Security disability attorney Peter T. Skeie has the experience to help you determine if your chances for winning a lawsuit outweigh the risks of losing.
What you must consider before filing a lawsuit
The obvious advantage of filing a lawsuit is winning the SSDI or SSI benefits you believe you deserve. However, it is critical for you to consider the following disadvantages before moving ahead with your suit:
- This is not typically a do-it-yourself project: You may have handled every aspect of your claim up to this point, but you must understand that the rest of the SSA process is specifically designed to be claimant-friendly. While it is technically possible to file a federal suit on your own, the courts will not grant you special treatment becuase you do not have representation.
- A federal appeal is real litigation: This is no longer simply a disability claim—it is a real courtroom trial, with all the legal complexities and expenses associated with any legal trial.
You must file a federal lawsuit within 65 days of the Appeals Council's decision. This is not a lot of time, so do not delay in seeking out help from a Nashville Social Security disability lawyer. Contact Peter T. Skeie & Associates to discuss your options and to make an informed decision on whether to proceed.
Get experience on your side
Tennessee Social Security disability attorney Peter T. Skeie represents those in the greater Nashville, TN area in Social Security disability claims and survivor benefits. To determine whether you may be eligible to receive these federal benefits or if you have been unsuccessful in obtaining them in the past, please call 615.313.9111 (toll free at 866.683.965), or contact the firm online to schedule a free initial consultation with disability attorneys in Nashville from our firm.