When will I get a Decision?
In Little Rock: 467 Days, on average.
Yes, you read that right – it takes well over a year to receive a decision after requesting your ALJ disability hearing!
This is a measurement of time from when you first request a hearing (this is your 2nd appeal) until you get the judge’s decision letter. Keep in mind, that this is an average time for case dispositions at the hearing level in Little Rock. This average includes those cases which have been expedited for dire need reasons. For cases that are not expedited, the actual time spent waiting can (and will) often be much higher than the average time reported.
Gotta love bureaucracy.
If you want to see how your local Social Security Disability office measures up, you can visit the Social Security website and see the report called: Hearing Office Average Processing Time Ranking Report FY 2017.
You might be surprised to learn that the Little Rock office actually ranks 12th in the country, because it is faster than most hearing offices!
On the bright side, at least you are not waiting on the Ponce office. Their average processing time for hearings is 808 days! (If you are in Ponce, we are so sorry.)
Every year, the SSA publishes these reports, and every year the processing time seems to increase. If it feels like SSA is taking forever to issue your decision, you are not alone.
Originally published: February 18, 2016
Last updated: October 23, 2017 at 13:51 pm
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