April 11, 2011
How Long Will I Have To Wait For My Social Security Disability Hearing?
There is still a tremendous backlog of individuals waiting for an Indiana Social Security disability hearing. Indianapolis disability lawyer Scott Lewis spends much of his day explaining to current and future Social Security disability clients that they are in a long line waiting for their day in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Statistically your chances of winning your claim go up when you finally enter a courtroom to present evidence in front of an ALJ, but the Social Security Administration (SSA) is not going to pay your bills during this long wait.
So exactly how long does it take to get your disability hearing in Indiana? It depends on a variety of factors. The Indianapolis Office or Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is currently one of the more lengthy waits if your hearing is in Indiana. There are other hearing offices throughout the state of Indiana that are quicker to get you your day in court. Can you pick where you have your hearing? No, it is assigned a location depending on where you reside.
Is there any good news on the horizon? Things MAY be looking up. Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney Scott Lewis has noticed a decrease in the wait time in some cases. In the recent past, Mr. Lewis would tell his disability appeals clients the wait was generally running 18 – 24 months from the date they requested a hearing until they would actually see a judge. Lately, Mr. Lewis has seen individuals receive a Social Security disability hearing in 12 months after requesting a hearing.
Does this mean your hearing will be within 12 months of the day you requested it? Probably not. Many factors determine your hearing date including what Administrative Law Judge you are assigned, whether you have an in person or a video teleconference hearing, and other factors. Indianapolis disability lawyer Scott D. Lewis believes the best thing you can do during this wait is to be prepared. Continue to see your medical professionals as needed and keep attorneys or representatives like Indiana disability lawyer Scott Lewis informed of your situation.