Meeting the Duration Requirement

Your impairment must have lasted or be expected to last for a continuous period of 12 months for you to qualify for benefits. You don’t have to wait until you have been unable to work for a whole year to apply for benefits. The SSA will presume that your impairment will meet the duration requirement if it’s the type of condition that obviously will last a long time, for example a serious spinal cord injury.

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.