How long does it take to get a Social Security hearing decision?

Has it been weeks since you attended your Social Security Disability Hearing and presented evidence for your Social Security Disability claim? Maybe you are wondering if you have been approved for Social Security Disability benefits. No doubt you are frustrated. You may have thought you would receive your benefit notice at the hearing. Maybe the Administrative Law Judge gave you some indication you would receive benefits, but you have waited weeks or months and you have not received payment.

So how long will you have to wait to receive your Social Security Disability hearing decision? Like other processes within the Social Security Administration, the answer is not clear-cut. It may depend on the number of cases assigned to the Administrative Law Judge or how many Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income cases are assigned to your Social Security Disability hearing office.

Most Social Security Disability hearing decisions are made with in 45 to 90 days after the Social Security Disability hearing. If you have not received your Social Security Disability hearing notice after this time you can contact the Social Security Administration, your hearing office or your Social Security Disability lawyer for more information.

Do Denials take longer than Approvals?

Denials and approvals both take a long time to process. There is some evidence to suggest the longer it takes to process a claim the greater chance it will be a denial, but this is not always the case. In fact, many Administrative Law Judges will have all of their decisions written by a decision writer which increases the amount of time it takes to process Social Security Disability decisions including denials and approvals.

If you are waiting for a Social Security Disability hearing decision, do not be discouraged. If you are awarded Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits you are near the end of the Social Security Disability process. If you are denied Social Security Disability benefits, it may be time for you to regroup and consider what you can do differently if you decide to apply for Social Security Disability benefits a second time.

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