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What is the average time for an answer after a disability hearing?

"It has been over a year since my SSDI hearing. How long does it take usually?"

Here are recent statistics provided by SSA on this issue: "As of March of this year, about 1.1 million claimants were awaiting a hearing decision, and the average processing time for a claim was about 518 days...with the average age of 318 days, measured as the time from the date of the hearing request."

This does not mean, however, that all cases take only approximately one and a half years (518 days) from beginning to end. Very often, they take 2-3 years. It does mean, however, that it can take a long time to get a hearing date.

Unfortunately, as to the answer to anyone's specific case and situation, that is nearly impossible to know. Sometimes judges will indicate at a hearing that a decision will be forthcoming in a number of weeks. Even then, that doesn't guarantee that a claimant will get notification in that time span.

Part of the problem is that judges make decisions but they don't actually write the decision documents. That is done by decision writers who are often backed up. This is by no means the first time I have heard of a year-long wait for a hearing decision. If you have representation, get them to follow up with the hearing office.

If a person has had a hearing and it has been quite a few while (more than a few months), they can call the hearing office where their hearing was held. In most cases, of course, the only answer will be that the case is pending. If a person has representation, then that person should make the status call. It may even be possible that the hearing office has held the case open for additional records that have not yet been received and the status call could bring this fact to light.

Here are some related pages on the site:

1. How Long Does It Take To Get The Results Of A Disability Hearing?

2. How long does the administrative law judge take to make a decision on an SSD or SSI disability case?

3. The time frame for a judge to make a decision for a disability hearing

4. Will a Social Security Judge give You an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Appealing a Social Security Disability Claim decision
Average amount of time it takes for a disability decision
Will an SSI or Social Security Exam help with the Decision?
Social Security Disability SSI decisions criteria
How Long it takes for A Social Security Decision
Social Security Disability Appeal
Tips for filing a Social Security Disability Reconsideration
Social Security Disability denial letter and appeal
What happens after you request a disability hearing?
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
Which medical conditions will social security recognize as a disability?
If I don't get disability back pay, do I pay a lawyer fee?
What is the average time for an answer after a SSDI or SSI disability hearing?
Will I get an increase in my SSI check?
Getting disability and receiving a personal injury settlement
Do disability benefits come from SSI or SSDI?

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

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How to file for disability, filing tips
What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
Applying for disability benefits, SSI and SSDI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
Will you get disability back pay?
Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Social Security Disability SSI status
Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
Who will qualify for disability and what qualifying is based on
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
Important points about filing for disability
How long does it take to get disability after applying?
Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability?
Who is eligible for SSI disability?
How to get disability in Florida