When you are disabled and unable to work, you face many challenges. Often the toughest challenge is trying to find a way to make ends meet while you wait on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine whether you’re approved for SSDI or SSI benefits. If you’re like many of our clients, you want to know how to speed things up and get an expedited decision in your Social Security Disability claim.
The SSA has a backlog of nearly one million disability claims and appeals. Yes, you read that right – 1 million cases.
Most disability claimants will have to attend a disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) before they get approved for Social Security benefits. Even though the average disability hearing lasts only 45 minutes to an hour and a half, it usually takes over a year from the time a hearing is requested until the hearing takes place. It then takes another 3 to 4 weeks to receive a written decision. When the different wait times are added together, most disability claimants have to wait close to 2 years before receiving a decision.
We understand that it is difficult to wait such a long time without income, and in many cases, without adequate medical care. It is, however, difficult to speed up the process. You must show that you are in dire need of a hearing.