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 will it be for the disability judge to decide?

My own experience is two-fold. As a disability examiner, I learned how long disability claims can take when they are being worked on at the disability application level and at the reconsideration appeal level. And working in disability representation, I learned that judges can take quite a long time to make a decision after a disability hearing.

However, even after the hearing decision has been made by a judge, it can still take very long to actually get the decision since a decision writer has to take of the actual hearing notice of decision. And decision writers at hearing offices usually have backlogs to deal with, just as most administrative law judges do.

So, the short answer is this: there is no time-limit for a decision from a judge. Judges can get decisions out somewhat quickly, within three months. However, I have personally seen cases in which nine months had gone by and no decision had been received by a claimant. In such situations, it can sometimes be helpful for a claimant to have their disability representative or disability lawyer contact the hearing office to see what the delay is.

All this said, how long can you expect it take to receive a decision from a Social Security judge after a hearing has been held?

On average, roughly half of all claimants should receive a decision notice within the first three months following the hearing. And of those, a significant percentage will have received a notice of decision within the first two months following the hearing. And probably by 6 months after a disability hearing, the majority of claimants should have received a notice of decision.

Essential Questions

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The Decision at the Disability Hearing
How much time does it take to get an SSI Decision?
Time frame for a judge to make a decision for a disability hearing
How long does the administrative law judge take to make a decision on a disability case?
What is the average time for an answer after a disability hearing?

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

Do CE exams usually result in denials for disability?
Can I qualify for disability if I am working?
How to get disability, tip 1
Do CE exams usually result in denials for disability?
How long does it take to get approved for disability?
When to Appeal a Disability Denial
When does Social Security send you for a neurological exam?
Chances of winning Social Security Disability
Who can get SSI disability?
Can you get disability the first time you apply?
What is considered to be a disability for SSDI or SSI?
What determines your disability benefit amount?
How long does it take a disability judge to make a decision?

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.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.