Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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What is the time frame for a judge to make a decision for a disability hearing?
Social Security administrative law judges have no time frame in which to make their disability hearing decision. Generally, they do not write their case decisions. Most disability decisions are written by decision writers; considering the backlog of hearings across the nation, it is probably more productive to use decision writers rather than bog judges down with decision writing. Their time is better spent hearing disability cases.
Once a disability hearing has taken place, the judge provides his decision and the basis of his determination to a decision writer. The decision writer formulates a written disability hearing decision. Once they complete the written hearing decision, they send it to the judge for a review.
The judge makes any necessary corrections and returns it to the decision writer for completion. After completion, the hearing decision is sent to a payment center for adjudication. As you might imagine this process can take some time.
In the past, there have been times when disability applicants did not receive their hearing decision for a year or more. Sometimes their disability representative was at fault for not providing medical evidence promised at the hearing, which caused the disability claim to be on hold. While at other times, necessary evidence was provided and in file, but hearing office personnel were not aware of it.
Whatever the reason, hearing decisions were sometimes lost in the shuffle. A lot of this has changed with the advent of the electronic disability claim process. Moving to electronic disability folders allowed Social Security to keep better track of all disability cases, which has led to more timely processing of disability claims at all levels including the disability hearing level.
If you have not received your written hearing decision within ninety days of your disability hearing, you should check the status of your disability case. You can do this by contacting the disability hearing office responsible for your case. They most likely will not give your disability hearing decision, however they can tell you if a decision has been made. Security hearings offices process thousands of disability claims each year--because of the enormous workloads at hearing’s offices across the nation it is not unusual for some hearing decisions to be delayed or misplaced.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria