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How Long Can It Take to Get a Hearing on My Social Security Disability Claim?

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

Mr. Fleming joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2002. He became a shareholder at the Firm in 2008 and currently heads the Social Security Department. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Asheville Law Office

300 Ridgefield Court Suite 309
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-552-8215
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

301 S McDowell St, Suite 900
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-599-1078
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Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

2915 Raeford Road, Suite 204
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: 910-488-0611
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Goldsboro Law Office

1308 Wayne Memorial Drive, Suite B
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Phone: 919-731-2581
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Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Greenville Law Office

702 Cromwell Dr. Suite G
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Morganton Law Office

216 N. Sterling Street, Suite B
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-219-3080
Toll Free: 1-844-520-2894

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
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Rocky Mount Law Office

144 Woodridge Court
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
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Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078