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What does post-hearing processing mean for my disability claim?

While you were waiting for your disability hearing you might have thought that you would receive your decision and go into pay status the day of the hearing or very soon after. Unfortunately, the Social Security hearing process is not that quick, although Social Security is very conscious of the long wait times for disability hearings and is always working toward shortening post-hearing processing time.

So what does post hearing processing mean to your disability claim?

After the disability hearing, there may be a Post-Hearing Development period. Post-Hearing Development allows the ALJ to keep your case at the hearing office while you or your disability representative submit any outstanding pieces of evidence. This time is limited but it may allow some disability applicants the opportunity to submit evidence that could possibly change their hearing decision.

Once the post development period ends, the disability case will be sent to the Post-Hearing Review. During the Post-Hearing Review, the Administrative law judge reviews your disability case file to make their decision. At this juncture, outstanding evidence can no longer be added to the file. Following the point at which the ALJ will make a decision, your disability case is sent to the decisional writers for the formal decisional notice. This is the final phase of the post hearing process. Once they write the formal decision notice, the ALJ will review and approve it for mailing.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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