How Long Does It Take To Get A Social Security Hearing? PDF Print E-mail


How Long Does It Take To Get A Social Security Hearing?


In many cases, it takes from twelve to fourteen months to actually get a hearing before the administrative law judge after the appeal is filed.  Unlike other kinds of legal hearings, Social Security hearings are set at a specific date and time.  That, of course, makes it easier to plan, schedule and prepare for the hearing ahead of time.


Unfortunately, however, the amount of time that it takes to actually get a hearing is often long, lasting many months or more.  Furthermore, once the hearing is scheduled, the administrative law judges are often reluctant to change the hearing date, or even reschedule the hearing from one hour to another.  It is important to know that if you are represented by an attorney, most hearing offices will take the time to call the attorney to make sure that the date and time of the hearing is good for everyone involved.


There are some factors that affect how long it takes to get to the hearing.  Some of those factors may include the type of case (whether it is an SSI claim or an SSDI claim), and where you live (some field offices move claims along faster than other field offices).  Other factors may also contribute to the amount of time it takes to get a hearing scheduled.



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Early Case Review By The Administrative Law Judge


If you are represented by an attorney, your attorney may be successful in getting the judge to perform a case review.  If the judge agrees to a case review, then your case will be reviewed by the judge without your being present.  Hopefully, the judge will be able to make a decision based solely on the information contained in your Social Security file.  If not, then you'll have to plan on waiting for the hearing date.