As an experienced Detroit disability attorney, I have guided many individuals through the Social Security disability hearing process. I know you have questions. Here are answers to three of the questions I hear frequently:
What is the timeline for a hearing to be held, a decision to be made, and benefits to be paid?
Nationally, the average time from when a person first requests a hearing until a decision is issued is approximately 15.5 months. However, this time can vary greatly.
Sometimes, but not often, a judge will issue a decision at the hearing. Moe typically, it takes 2 to 3 months after the hearing for the decision to be issued.
If you receive a favorable decision, it can take another 1 to 2 months to begin receiving benefits. It can take even longer for the back benefits owed to you to be paid — up to 5 or 6 months. If you applied for and were awarded Supplemental Security Income benefits, these timelines can be further extended.
Unfortunately, there is little you can do to speed up the process, but a good Detroit disability attorney can help you avoid further delays.
How will I find out that my Social Security disability hearing has been scheduled?
Ideally, you should first receive notice from your Detroit disability attorney that your hearing has been scheduled. The judge’s assistant should call your attorney to schedule your hearing at a time when your attorney is available. Once the date has been set, your attorney will send you notice of the date by mail. You will also receive Notice of Hearing from the judge.
What if I receive Notice of Hearing from the judge before I hear from my lawyer?
Sometimes, the court schedules the hearing before first talking with your lawyer about it. If you receive a Notice of Hearing before your lawyer has contacted you, call your lawyer immediately to make sure he or she is aware of the date.
I’m sure you have more questions about the hearing process. If you are not currently represented by a Detroit disability lawyer, please contact me by phone at 888-282-0719 or by submitting the Free Claim Evaluation form on this page.