The average wait for a social security disability hearing ?
The social security disability process is an extended one. In fact, that is an understatement. Due to long backlogs and longer waits for claimants to receive a decision on a disability claim, it is wholly more fitting to describe the system as hostile. And this seems to be case whether a claimant's case is pending at the initial claim level (i.e. the disability application level), the social security reconsideration level, or the disability hearing level.
Lately, of course, the disability hearing level is what we hear most about in the press. And this is completely understandable since this is where we see the longest waits, both waits for disability hearings to be scheduled, and waits for decisions to be rendered following a disability hearing.
How long does it take to receive a decision from an administrative law judge after a disability hearing has been held? There's actually no way to know the answer to this question and I am not sure if statistics have ever been released on this subject.
As to how long it takes to get a social security disability or SSI hearing scheduled, again, it can be difficult to know since backlogs are different in different areas of the country and the backlogs seem to be getting longer with each passing month. However, more and more, backlogs for specific areas are being reported in news articles and as this information is made available (and I happen to find it) I will post it here.
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Disability in the Various States:
New Jersey Disability
North Carolina Disability