Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How long do I have to wait for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge?

One of the most often asked questions I receive in my practice is: “How long do I have to wait until I get my hearing date with the ALJ?”  The answer I have for my clients isn’t one they usually like: “it may be a long time.”  In truth, the amount of time you have to wait for a hearing depends on the hearing office handling your Social Security Disability claim.  This links provides information regarding the average wait time per each hearing office. http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/01_NetStat_Report.html   It is important to note that these time frames apply to the amount of time from the filing of a Request for Hearing until you go before an ALJ.  This timeframe does not include the time in which it takes the Social Security Administration to decide your initial claim and your request for reconsideration.

This is NOT legal advice.  This blog provides general information about Social Security Disability cases.  To discuss your particular circumstances and claim, please contact a lawyer in your area.

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