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.

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.

FAQ: How Long Will It Take to Get a Hearing Scheduled After I Appeal?

After you file your second appeal requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, be prepared to wait a long time to get a date for your hearing and then a few months more for decision to be made. Nationally, hearing offices average about 15.5 months from the date a request for a hearing is filed until a decision is handed down.

Waiting Time for Hearings Has Been Reduced Significantly

We are often asked the question: how long does it take until I get a hearing date on my disability appeal? Well, we have good news for our clients: today it takes significantly less time to get to a hearing than it did one or two years ago.

The latest report from SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) shows that the waiting time for post-hearing decisions in the Northern California regional hearing offices has been reduced significantly in the past two years.

Audio Recordings Can Now Be Electronically Downloaded Within Days of Your Hearing

In recent years, the SSA has implemented a number of online services for claimants’ representatives, including access to our clients' electronic folders. At LaPorte Law Firm, we have conducted online business for our clients with the SSA since the Appointed Representative Services (ARS) initiative began in 2009. These online services have allowed us to electronically file disability applications and appeals, and in addition we’ve been able to more efficiently file new medical evidence, written legal arguments, and even submit proposed Favorable Decisions for approval by SSA on behalf of our clients.

Looking up

The Social Security appeal process has been more accessible, and user friendly, for individuals seeking to apply for disability or retirement benefits. Over the course of the past few years, the Social Security Administration has effectively changed and implemented many of the ways in which claimants can request information from SSA offices.