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

Jul 20, 2011 Comments Off by Charles Hall

Question: How long does it take to get a Social Security disability hearing?

Answer: It varies — a lot. There are some hearings in less than six months. Other people have to wait over a year.

Here are some recent numbers on receipts, dispositions, cases pending and how long it takes at various Social Security hearing offices. The last number is expressed in days and counts the total time up to a decision being issued. It’s the average processing time. Your case could take longer.

OFFICE

RECEIPTS

DISPOSITIONS

CASES PENDING

AVERAGE
PROCESSING TIME

AKRON OH
5422
2896
5040
338
ALBANY
3432
3211
4884
340
ALBUQUERQUE
4226
3795
6751
329
ALEXANDRIA
4676
4898
4808
283
ANCHORAGE AK
665
826
738
424
ATLANTA DOWNTOWN
8511
6038
9366
311
ATLANTA NORTH
4508
3985
5518
297
BALTIMORE
5489
4411
7126
367
BILLINGS
2384
2522
3788
411
BIRMINGHAM
6615
6555
11623
442
BOSTON
6310
5187
7360
328
BRONX
1679
2467
3490
438
BROOKLYN
5519
4632
5859
283
BUFFALO
2903
3268
6096
503
CHARLESTON SC
3920
3596
4518
323
CHARLESTON WV
3532
3885
4815
348
CHARLOTTE
5907
4769
6838
301
CHARLOTTESVILLE
2268
2451
2450
284
CHATTANOOGA
3315
4434
3195
291
CHICAGO
3475
4648
4784
409
CINCINNATI
2830
4161
5629
423
CLEVELAND
2575
3760
5373
498
COLORADO SPRINGS
2338
2174
3603
422
COLUMBIA SC
4330
3246
5484
362
COLUMBUS
1326
3811
5308
517
COVINGTON GA
4824
2515
5227
274
CREVE COEUR
5246
3875
6554
309
DALLAS DOWNTOWN
6094
5016
6057
304
DALLAS NORTH
5065
5023
6135
293
DAYTON
1475
1765
3532
502
DENVER
5002
4528
7451
391
DETROIT
4620
3838
5366
361
DOVER
2812
1611
2753
307
DOWNEY
2693
2503
3226
364
ELKINS PARK
5470
4390
6161
284
EUGENE
2077
2579
4284
455
EVANSTON
3325
3300
4525
316
EVANSVILLE
2017
1947
2855
311
FARGO
2318
2197
2926
406
FAYETTEVILLE NC
6316
1272
5055
298
FLINT
235
2662
2339
390
FLORENCE
2592
2395
4764
433
FORT MYERS FL *
1823
1229
2582
397
FORT SMITH
1713
2176
1562
277
FORT WAYNE
2404
2732
2631
393
FORT WORTH
3626
3319
3960
283
FRESNO
1530
2778
3370
429
FT LAUDERDALE
6378
5087
9034
370
GRAND RAPIDS
2377
2856
5808
483
GREENSBORO
2406
3026
5665
437
GREENVILLE
4436
4451
4360
307
HARRISBURG
4470
3808
5503
320
HARTFORD
2434
2528
3404
378
HATTIESBURG
4421
4341
5119
325
HONOLULU
597
529
642
308
HOUSTON DOWNTOWN
3845
3688
3163
237
HOUSTON-BISSONNET
6671
4961
6091
288
HUNTINGTON
3615
3418
3993
281
INDIANAPOLIS
3191
4305
6788
492
JACKSON
2575
3140
3326
348
JACKSONVILLE
5381
4962
6678
360
JERICHO
3415
3585
3627
346
JOHNSTOWN
3717
3029
3990
386
KANSAS CITY
3647
2872
6408
418
KINGSPORT
3848
3838
4009
262
KNOXVILLE
4293
4069
4631
298
LANSING
1883
2024
2688
489
LAS VEGAS
2415
1632
3371
403
LEXINGTON
4246
4198
4146
315
LITTLE ROCK
4041
4786
5843
346
LIVONIA MI
5296
3490
4390
290
LONG BEACH
2424
2790
2577
311
LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN
2491
2610
2513
334
LOS ANGELES WEST
2250
3378
3073
342
LOUISVILLE
2828
3706
4858
404
MACON
3727
2541
5571
361
MADISON
1378
1257
1801
315
MANCHESTER
3258
3250
4141
362
MAYAGUEZ
852
662
427
185
MCALESTER
1514
1246
1566
279
MEMPHIS
4244
4121
6593
403
METAIRIE
1942
2364
2339
300
MIAMI
4233
3375
6164
431
MIDDLESBORO
3149
2384
2511
268
MILWAUKEE
4267
4338
5700
362
MINNEAPOLIS
4574
4739
8692
418
MOBILE
5291
4748
8043
413
MONTGOMERY
5056
4839
8092
420
MORGANTOWN
2540
1997
3654
386
MT PLEASANT MI
5739
2590
5107
377
NASHVILLE
4550
3798
7306
408
NEW HAVEN
1430
2292
2179
432
NEW ORLEANS
3942
3785
3617
289
NEW YORK
4712
5556
6933
384
NEWARK
3465
3775
4887
430
NHC ALBUQUERQUE
2073
2329
1718
366
NHC BALTIMORE
4162
4223
4334
475
NHC CHICAGO
7152
5468
8077
463
NHC FALLS CHURCH
5013
4389
3836
457
NHC ST LOUIS
8560
5610
5588
453
NORFOLK
2982
2559
3282
291
OAK BROOK
3226
3425
4030
427
OAK PARK
3730
4899
4295
363
OAKLAND
2586
2829
3827
446
OKLAHOMA CITY
5208
4781
6652
343
OMAHA
1626
1724
2489
440
ORANGE
2755
3309
3038
356
ORLAND PARK
3030
4165
3822
363
ORLANDO
3831
4868
5094
380
PADUCAH
1837
1789
1817
266
PASADENA
2444
2690
2461
387
PEORIA
2882
3019
3904
375
PHILADELPHIA
3830
3604
5847
360
PHILADELPHIA EAST
4268
3934
5352
350
PHOENIX
2014
2156
3693
462
PHOENIX NORTH
2996
1940
3704
375
PITTSBURGH
3619
3537
5964
457
PONCE
844
775
435
192
PORTLAND ME
2504
2236
3818
360
PORTLAND OR
5005
3401
5980
378
PROVIDENCE
2562
2432
3719
406
QUEENS
2689
2433
3127
334
RALEIGH
3858
5586
6307
340
RICHMOND
2804
2514
3769
308
RIO GRANDE VALLEY TX *
1005
477
627
240
ROANOKE
2981
2678
5189
439
ROCHESTER *
829
1241
2389
368
SACRAMENTO
5492
5976
6085
358
SALT LAKE CITY
1632
2556
3833
395
SAN ANTONIO
5326
6214
6074
292
SAN BERNARDINO
5215
4315
7113
347
SAN DIEGO
3131
2577
4174
394
SAN FRANCISCO
2542
3015
2904
395
SAN JOSE
3216
3543
3563
413
SAN JUAN
4379
3633
3113
335
SAN RAFAEL
2468
2282
2025
382
SANTA BARBARA
1601
1658
2305
384
SAVANNAH
3432
3447
4259
331
SEATTLE
6288
6255
9086
392
SEVEN FIELDS
2332
3398
5128
376
SHREVEPORT
2841
3865
2389
223
SOUTH JERSEY
3325
2951
4675
340
SPOKANE
3459
3371
3897
329
SPRINGFIELD MA
1504
2336
3027
379
SPRINGFIELD MO
1100
1400
3669
469
ST LOUIS
4100
3569
7433
437
ST PETERSBURG FL
4893
3549
7188
403
STOCKTON
1820
2409
2269
333
SYRACUSE
4624
3981
5758
345
TALLAHASSEE FL
2721
1060
3497
393
TAMPA
5519
5402
7652
368
TOLEDO OH
3250
1691
4789
465
TOPEKA KS
1955
1836
2180
319
TUCSON
1980
2406
2144
346
TULSA
4078
3730
5261
351
TUPELO
3256
2904
5338
429
VALPARAISO IN
6214
2146
4967
302
WASHINGTON
2396
2390
3306
436
WEST DES MOINES
2720
2036
3853
331
WHITE PLAINS
2154
2674
2885
395
WICHITA
3575
2805
4290
345
WILKES BARRE
4611
4216
6393
358

* Satellite Offices reported separately from their parent office.

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About the author

Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.