Question: When do I find out whether I’ve won my Social Security disability hearing?
Answer: You probably won’t find out whether you’ve won your Social Security disability hearing until after the day of the hearing. We’ll get the decision later. They’ll mail it out to both you and me at the same time but I can check these things online. I’ll probably know before you get the letter. I’ll let you know right away if I find a decision. I’ll let you know regardless of whether the decision is a good one or a bad one.
Sometimes, the judge tells us at the hearing if he or she intends to allow your claim. Oddly, sometimes my clients are so nervous that they don’t understand what has happened even when the judge has told them in a straightforward way.
There are other times when the judge lays it between the lines. Basically, the judge tells me that he or she intends to approve but does it in such a way that I can tell what’s being said even if my client can’t. If that happens, I’ll let you know right away.
As to how long it takes, this can really vary. At this point with the Raleigh hearing office, we’re almost always getting a decision in less than three month. Favorable decisions tend to come in faster than unfavorable decisions but don’t get too hung up on that. It can sometimes take almost two months even when we know it’s going to be favorable.