How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

How long does a disability judge have to make a decision?

So, let's start first with disability decisions from disability examiners. Is there a deadline that they have for making a disability application decision? No, there isn't. That's actually because if examiners were required to make decisions before they have received all the medical evidence they need, or before they could get the results of a consultative medical exam that someone was sent to, this would not be in the best interests of the person filing for disability benefits.

Now, how long does a disability judge have to make a decision? It's essentially the same answer. Administrative law judges at hearings do not have deadlines. Again, this benefits applicants, but it also has the effect of people sometimes having to wait a very long time for an answer on their case after a hearing has been held.

If there is no actual deadline, is there a time frame after the AJL hearing for a disability decision?

No, there really isn't a timeframe. Again, it depends on the hearing office and their backlog levels, and it also depends on the judge and his/her caseload and the speed at which that judge normally works.

It also depends on the decision writers who work at the hearing office. Those individuals compile the actual decision documents and they, just as judges, are subject to backlog situations.

A decision by a judge can take weeks or months, but there's no way to know how long. Again, if you had a disability representative at the hearing, they might be familiar enough with the hearing office and judge to give you an estimate, but it would just be an estimate.

What can you do if it seems you have waiting a very long time for an answer? Have your disability attorney contact the hearing office for a status check. If you were not represented, this is something you can also do yourself.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

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Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

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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?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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