Applicants who've gone through the initial application and reconsideration phase of a Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income case, and were denied, must file a Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) form with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
Social Security Disability Claim Processing Timeframe
Processing times can be lengthy. The Social Security Administration's Hearing Office publishes data regarding processing times. With a 21-month wait time, North Carolina has the dubious distinction of having the longest wait time of all 50 states when compared to the national average of 16.5 months. And Charlotte and Greensboro lead the nation's cities with a backlog of 21 months and 21.5 months respectively.
IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE: These wait times begin from the time you request a hearing, not from the date you first apply for disability benefits.
That can be a long time to wait when your bills keep piling up. Waiting for a favorable decision can be agonizing, but there are some ways to potentially help move your case along.
Speeding Up Your Case - Social Security Disability Lawyers
One way you can potentially speed up your case is to contact a Social Security Disability lawyer. We have an experienced Social Security Disability team made up of several former Disability Examiners, and a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. (Less than 1%* of North Carolina's lawyers are board certified specialists in Social Security Disability Law.)
Having worked on the "other side," we know all too well the methods the agency has in its arsenal. And we have counter-methods of our own to try and move your case through the process as quickly as possible. An experienced attorney may be able to identify issues that qualify your case for critical or dire need, or may identify your case as one that qualifies for a decision without the need to wait for an evidentiary hearing.
Time may not be on your side when you file a Social Security Disability claim, but we at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin certainly are. Contact us today for a free case evaluation by clicking on the link, or call us toll-free at 1-866-900-7078.
* Statistic from NC State Bar as of December 10, 2015