Waiting Time for Social Security Disability Hearings and Appeals Decisions

Average Wait Time Until a Hearing is Held (as of April 2016)

The average waiting time for a Social Security Disability hearing has increased significantly this year. The chart below shows the average wait time – in months – between the date a hearing is requested and the date a hearing is held for the hearing offices in Northern California, Reno and Honolulu.

Fiscal Year 2013 Disability Workload

The following table provides data on the Fiscal Year 2013 disability claims and appeals workload.

Fiscal Year 2013 Workload Data Disability Appeals

Prepared by: SSA, Office of Disability Program Management Information, 12/31/13; Office of Budget, 02/06/14 Data Sources: A) Initial and Recondersideration Data: SSA State Agency Operation Report; B) Administrative Law Judge and Appeals Council data: SSA Office of Disability Adjundication and Review (ODAR); C) Federal Court data: SSA Office of General Councel

A San Jose Social Security Lawyer Explains the Appeal Process

In this blog, Terry LaPorte, a San Jose Social Security lawyer, gives a brief explanation of the deadlines for various levels of the appeal process and how they apply to your Social Security disability claim.

How It Works
In any Social Security disability case, there are four levels through which the claim must pass before your San Jose Social Security lawyer may file suit in federal court.

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.

Unemployment Insurance

“I can’t work, but I’ve been receiving unemployment because I need a roof over my head. Will getting unemployment cause my SSA disability appeal to be denied?”

The Answer: Perhaps…or maybe not.

At our office, we receive inquiries often on this issue, particularly since 2009 when layoffs and extensions of unemployment benefits have been common.