How long do I have to wait for a Social Security disability hearing?
If you disagree with a decision by the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding a claim for: disability benefits, you have the right to appeal. In most cases, that will be a hearing before an administrative judge (ALJ), but it can be a long, arduous process with multiple steps.
According to SSA data, it took an average of just under nine months to reach that stage from the date the hearing request was filed, according to SSA data. That’s a national figure; Depending on which of Social Security’s 168 regional hearings hears your case, it could take several months longer or several months faster.
And that’s just counting the time from a request for a hearing to the proceedings itself. An ALJ hearing is the second step in a disability appeal and can take several months to reach that stage.
In most cases, you must first request a reconsideration from your state’s Disability Determination Services, the same office that handled your initial application. Another disability investigator and medical team will take a fresh look at your claim and any additional evidence you wish to provide, such as recent medical treatments or examinations. You have 60 days from an initial refusal to request a reconsideration. The processing times for reconsideration of incapacity for work have averaged three to four months in recent years.
If the review goes against you, as it does in most cases, you have 60 days to request to be heard by an administrative judge, who will review the evidence and may also listen to your testimony and that of witnesses. experts.
Once you’ve applied for a hearing, the wait time can vary greatly depending on the specifics of your case and where you live. According to the most recent SSA data available, the average for individual hearing agencies ranges from 5 to 16 months.
Social Security is required to give you at least 75 days notice in writing of a scheduled hearing. You can waive this notice, which may shorten your waiting time, but you are still bound by the SSA rules when submitting evidence for your claim prior to your hearing.