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How Long Will I Wait For a Decision on My Disability Appeal?

The waiting time for claimants to receive a final decision on their disability appeals is reported below for the Northern California and Reno Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). (Waiting time is measured as the number of days from the date an appeal is received by the hearing office to the date a favorable, denial or dismissal decision is issued.

What to do when a claimant dies before the SSA reaches a decision in a disability claim.

Although the Social Security Administration has had some success in reducing their response times for disability applications and appeals, waiting periods remain burdensome for individuals suffering from disabling illnesses and injuries, particularly in instances where an individual must go through the disability hearing process after being denied on the initial and Reconsideration stages.

Average Waiting Time to Get a Hearing Decision at Local SSA Hearing Offices

The SSA has recently published national statistics on the time a claimant must wait for the final hearing decision on disability appeals. Below are the numbers for the Northern California and Reno Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The statistics measure the waiting time as the number of days from the date an appeal is received by the hearing office to the date a favorable, denial or dismissal decision is issued.

Can My Doctor’s Opinion Be Used to Help My Disability Claim?

Disability attorneys often look to a claimant’s primary doctor or treating physician for a medical opinion as to the client’s impairment. This might be the most important evidence presented in your case, especially because under the SSA rules and regulations, the doctor’s opinion might be “controlling”—that is, the SSA will automatically adopt the doctor’s opinion in its decision.