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Monday, April 26, 2010

How Long Will It Take to Get My Social Security Disability Hearing -- Social Security's Own Statistics Tell Us.

As part of Social Security Administration's ('SSA') new Open Government initiative, the SSA website has a variety of statistics that are helpful. Included among these, is a chart showing the average waiting time for each hearing office in the nation. As the SSA website says:

"A presentation of the average time (in months) from the hearing request date until a hearing is held for claims pending in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review's hearing offices. Allows users to estimate the amount of time they may have to wait for a hearing to be held."

One of the hardest parts of my job as disability attorney representing the disabled is to explain how long people must wait just to get a hearing in their case. These are the most up to date statistics out there. As disappointing as they may be, SSA is getting faster over time. I just attended a conference and heard a speech by SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue in which he went into great detail about how SSA has cut the waiting time significantly. He also explained their continuing effort to get this wait down even more.

Click here to view Social Security's hearing waiting time statistics:

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