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How long does it take to get a decision after a disability hearing in Texas?

Unfortunately, there's no way to know how long it will take to get a decision after a hearing has been held. And this is, obviously, a matter of great consternation for most claimants who go to a hearing.

Many social security disability and SSI claimants look forward to their disability hearing date as "the end" of the process. However, even after a case has been heard, it may still take an administrative law judge a number of months to have a decision letter sent out. This is true even when a judge who has heard a case indicates at the hearing what the eventual decision will be (typically, a judge will only do this when they are sure they will approve a claim).

Common questions about filing for disability in Texas
Why is there such a lag between the holding of a hearing and the time it takes to receive a social security decision letter? To some extent, because of backlogs in the disability system. At some hearing offices, the backlog reaches into the thousands (of cases). For quite some time, SSA had been making substantial progress in reducing system-wide backlogs. However, beginning several years ago, backlogs began to grow again. The argument has been made that the Social Security Administration simply does not have enough judges to adequately work the backlogs down.

More specifically, what accounts for the amount of time it takes to actually receive a decision from a judge after a hearing has been held? There are a number of factors. One is the fact that sometimes the case is left open so that the claimant's attorney or non-attorney disability representative may obtain and send in medical record documentation that had been requested but which had not arrived by the time of the hearing. Another factor is the fact that while the decisions at the hearing level are made by judges, the decision letters are drafted by decision writers who themselves have backlogs.

Links of particular interest:

Will a Social Security Judge give You an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?;
How Long Does It Take To Get The Results Of A Disability Hearing?

As for how long it may take to actually get a hearing scheduled, assuming that one has (or their a qualified disability and competent attorney or non-attorney claimant's representative) completed the reconsideration appeal phase (and been denied) and then subsequently filed a "request for hearing before an administrative law judge, the following link may be helpful:

How long does it take to get a disability hearing date in Texas?

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

General information

Filing for disability in Texas
What are the qualifications for disability in Texas?
When do you file for Texas disability benefits? - when you become disabled
SSI vs Social Security Disability in Texas
Winning a Social Security Disability or SSI award in Texas
Disability for depression in Texas
Disability approval process - Getting disability in Texas
Resource links for Filing a Texas disability application
Can I apply for temporary and later permanent Disability in Texas?
How much can I get from Social Security Disability in Texas?
Eligibility and qualifying for disability in Texas
Social Security Disability Status in Texas

Disability appeals in Texas

What if you get denied disability in Texas?
Can you avoid a Social Security Disability Denial in Texas?
The Social Security Disability and SSI appeals process in Texas
Starting an appeal on a disability claim in Texas
What are the chances of winning a disability appeal in Texas?
How many disability appeals do you get in Texas?
Filing a Texas Disability Appeal

Disability Hearings in Texas

How long does it take to get a disability hearing decision in Texas?
Going to and getting ready for a disability hearing in Texas
Don't waste your Texas disability hearing - be prepared
Qualifying for disability at a hearing in Texas

Texas Disability Attorney questions

Get a qualified disability attorney, lawyer, advocate in Texas
Should you get help from a disability attorney in Texas if you have not filed yet?
What does a disability lawyer in Texas do to help you win benefits?
How Much Are The Fees For A Disability Lawyer In Texas?
How do Disability Lawyers in Texas get paid their fees?
Qualifying For Disability in Texas, will I qualify?

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

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Disability qualifications - Who will qualify is based on functional limitations
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to file for disability and the information needed by Social Security
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI? Part I
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
How long does it take to get disability?