How long after court will I know anything about my disability?
Unfortunately, there is not a firm amount of time for you to receive information about your disability hearing decision. Sometimes the administrative law judge actually tells the disability claimant what their decision will be while they are at the disability hearing, i.e. court, however this is rare.
Once you appear "in court", the judge will make their decision on the disability claim, but they usually do not write their own formal decision. The administrative law judges give their decisions to decision writers who prepare the written decisional notices. They write the formal decision and send it back to the administrative law judge for review. If the judge approves the written decision, it is mailed to you. This process can take thirty days or more; so do not expect to receive your hearing decision quickly.
Receiving the decision notice is just the beginning for those who are approved for disability benefits. If you are approved for SSDI, the hearing office sends your disability approval to a payment center for processing. This can be done quickly or it could take time dependent upon the unique factors involved in your disability claim.
For instance, if you have workman's compensation or receive public disability benefits, the payment center may need additional information that could slow down the time it takes process your disability allowance.
Another situation that comes up from time to time is multiple representatives each seeking their payment. This can definitely hold up your back payment of disability benefits. It probably best to chose a representative and stick with them or make sure you get them to release your disability claim prior to hiring another disability lawyer or representative.
If SSI is involved in your disability case, the approval is sent to the local Social Security office for an end line review. This review is performed to make sure you still meet the income and resource limits of the SSI program and to determine how much SSI they can pay you. If you are only eligible for SSI benefits for the five-month waiting period involved in SSDI, this process could cause you to have a longer wait for your back payment.
In summary, it will takes time to receive your disability hearing decision and it most likely will take a bit longer to receive your disability benefits and back payment.
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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