Wait time from Social Security hearing to decision?

I went to my Social Security hearing. But, the Judge did not say if she was going to find me disabled or not. When do I get my decision?!?

As you personally experienced, in most Social Security cases, the judge does not rule on your case at your hearing. In Colorado, I only see a decision from the bench in about one in ten cases.

In most cases, you will receive a written decision about 45 to 90 days after the hearing.

Why does it take so long?

Some judges write their own decision between reviewing upcoming cases and performing hearings.  However, it is not unusual for the decision to be sent to a “decision writer.”  Then it has to come back to the judge, be reviewed, corrected, and finalized.  After all of this is done, the decision mailed to you and your lawyer.

Unfortunately, this process takes some time.

How long did you have to wait to get your hearing decision?  Tell me in the comments!

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  • joanne

    How long does it take to get a social security hearing?

  • joanne

    How long does it take to get a social security hearing?

  • http://socialsecurityinsider.com/ Tomasz Stasiuk

    Great question Joanne. I talk about how long it takes to get a hearing here.

  • http://StasiukFirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    I have an article about that very question here.

  • Charles

    Here in Penna,it seems to be about the same…Wifes Hearing was Oct 1,this yr. the ALJ demanded from a Dr another pc of info which was just reciently aquired by order test.which was set just before the hearing..as such we (wife and I) had to scramble to get the test done,records faxed to the ALJ with in hrs of results. now its the waiting game…Wife will be 55 in Jan..09, it appears she most likely will wait til then to hear anything reguardless…she had cancer and has multiple disk problems in her back..and neck area…I went thru mine some 17 yrs ago as hurt on the job….I was 40 when i began the process…

  • tina65

    i had my hearing in front of a judge in march o9 and it is almost septemeber and the judge had made a decision in april and when i call to check on it they allways say it is at the decision writer and at the hearing the judge asked the ve if there was any jobs i could do considering my health and medications i take and he said there was no jobs i could do does that sound like it might be in my favor and if i was denied dont you think that they would of allready sent me a denial letter

  • http://socialsecurityinsider.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    There is not much I can say. It is often a good idea to stay in touch with the hearing office to make sure you don't miss the decision. When more than 6 months passes I sometimes consider Congressional involvement, but it depends on the circumstances. See http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/10/sh

  • Connorb

    I had my hearing at the end of July here in NJ and exactly 30 days later my fully favorable decision letter came in the mail. Not bad! Now I'm waiting for info on my benefits which should come in the next 60 days.

  • http://socialsecurityinsider.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Congratulations!!! You must be elated!

  • Anonymous

    I had my hearing here in NJ at the end of July and my fully favorable decision letter came exactly 30 days later. Not bad. Just waiting now for info on my benefits.

  • csc1959

    No you can still be denied when I went to my hearing the VE kept saying every time the Judge asked Do you believe she do this job or that job & every answer he gave for a Job was no I believe she could not and I still got denied. Sorry,

  • http://socialsecurityinsider.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Well, you're right. The VE is just a witness at the hearing and the judge does not have to agree with any witness. I have had hearings where the judge found the vocational expert's testimony to be not credible (fortunately, it was in my client's favor that time). That is however, extremely rare.

    Still, if the vocational *expert* says there are no jobs available in response to *every* hypothetical presented by the judge, and the claimant STILL get denied, that certainly is something to look at as a possible issue for the appeal.

  • mclark110

    It's been 5months since my husband had his hearing, and we are still waiting on a decision.

  • http://www.ColoradoSocialSecurityLaw.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    How long things take at Social Security are a constantly moving target.

    While many cases still get decisions within 45 to 90 days of the hearing, I am seeing a surprising number of cases without decisions more than 5 months after the hearing.

    When I call the appeals office (ODAR – Office of Disability Adjudication and Review), I am often told the case is still waiting on being assigned to a decision writer (even though 5 months have already passed).

    While it may not provide much comfort, you are not the only one experiencing longer waits for hearing decision.

    Still, you want to make sure that you have not missed the decision in the mail. It is often a good idea to contact the ODAR office to make sure that the decision is still pending. Your Notice of Hearing lists a telephone number for the ODAR office. If you no longer have that, your local Social Security office can give you the number.

    Why not just ask the local Social Security office? Well, they may not have the most up to date information about what is going on with your case if it is at an ODAR office. So, it is best to go to the source.

    Good luck!

  • pmpdade

    ive been waiting 6 months for a decision

  • msmm

    I took my son to court three months ago and when i call the adj office the secretary tells me the judge hadnt made a decesion i dont understand why it takes so long.Im constantly off work because my son is sick and i have no other income,what am i to do.

  • msmm

    I took my son to court three months ago and when i call the adj office the secretary tells me the judge hadnt made a decesion i dont understand why it takes so long.Im constantly off work because my son is sick and i have no other income,what am i to do.

  • Kelly LaValley

    I had my hearing 2 weeks ago in Denver. The judge made an immediate favorable decision. My lawyer told me that most people get their benefits before they even receive the decision. I'm waiting patiently.

  • Kelly LaValley

    Thank you!

    My lawyer said that I will most likely receive a check in the mail within one month of my hearing before I receive any other paperwork. I don't know anything about an appointment to set up benefits? Maybe it's different in Colorado?
    I'll keep you posted.

  • djeobsreaph

    my wife filed for disability in april 2006, she finaly got her hearing on august 7,2009. at the hearing the judge said she would receive disability. as of today feb. 26, 2010 she has yet to receive a written judgement and the attorney we hired here in arizona told us because it's taking so long the judge would most likely would rule against her.here is a list of her documented problems; both hips replaced, five ruptured discs in her back in two different areas, torn rotator cuff in right sholder, fibromialgia, migraine headaches, essential tremors, acute anxiety, acrophobia, depression. four different specialists have on record she can't work. at the hearing the occupational therapist told the judge there were no jobs my wife could do. yet here she waits 4 years after applying for disability.

  • http://www.ColoradoSocialSecurityLaw.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Congratulations on the win!

    Personally, I have never seen benefits paid before the receiving a decision. But I am not trying to say your attorney is wrong.

    However, I have started to see some cases where a client receives a letter from the local Social Security office scheduling an appointment to process benefits before the decision is delivered.

    Clearly, the Judge's office is entering the decision and Social Security acting on it immediately, while the decision takes a few days to be delivered by the post office.

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  • http://www.ColoradoSocialSecurityLaw.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    A long wait may mean a problem, or, well, not. In my experience, judges generally do not state they will approve a case and then deny it. It's not impossible. It is just that when the facts of a case line up so well that a judge feels comfortable saying on the record that the case will be approved, it usually is.

    You may want to ask your attorney to call the hearing office to check on the status of the appeal just to make sure nothing has fallen through the cracks.

  • Kelly LaValley

    So I received my benefits today. :) It took 19 days from my hearing date. I haven't received anything in the mail at all from Social Security yet, though.

  • http://www.ColoradoSocialSecurityLaw.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    WOW! I have never heard of anyone getting benefits that fast. Congratulations!

  • Kelly LaValley

    Thank you! Your website was an invaluable tool for me. Keep up the good work!!

  • madnessfalls

    I had my hearing on March 17th 2010. The start of the hearing was normal, with the judge reading file numbers and exibits in. The judge turned aferwards and asked if I had any question about the proceedings before they began, and I said, “no.” Then my lawyer began the questioning. He began with schooling and work experience then went to daily life and the struggles I have from having shizophrenia. After I answered all the lawers questions, (the judge was viewing his computer most of the time unless he was asking me to speak up) the judge scratched his beard, and said, “we stand at recess on this matter.” That was the end of the hearing. And although they had called a VE and the VE was present, the judge did NOT ask any hypotheticals to the VE. To say the least, I was a bit shocked…so was my lawyer. He stated that because the judge had NOT even attempted to find work that I could do that it was a good sign, or at the very least, very hard for them to uphold a denial if they had decided to do that. My question is, have you had this happen during any of your cases that would indicate why the judge did this? I'm still very confused to why they would have even called a VE to the hearing unless they needed them to testify? Confused in southern CO.

  • http://www.ColoradoSocialSecurityLaw.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    If you are in Southern Colorado, I have a pretty good idea who your judge was :)

    I have had similar things happen at hearings. It can be a good sign, but a lot depends on which judge does it. You may want to talk to your lawyer about his/her experiences with this judge.

    Good luck!

  • texasgirl41

    My husband had his hearing in nov 09 but the judge wanting some other hospital records that had nothing to do with his disability. He had a heart attack at age 39. He is not 43 and had to take a medical retirment from wk. His ef rate is below 39. He has a pacemaker heart defibulator. He has to take naps during the day and the VE said there was not job that would acommed his health conditons. But after all this time his case is still It is still with the judge in post hearing review. What does that mean? And is that a good sign or bad. Thanks

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  • fayebaby31

    i live in louisiana. my alj made a favorable decision right from the bench. it was my first appeal, and took 8 mos. total from filing to hearing date. very expeditious from what i've heard.

  • fayebaby31

    oh, i realized i didnt post what was wrong – i have degenerative disc disease at all levels of my spine, 3 bulging discs in my neck, migraines, and non- alcoholic liver disease. i'm 34. my lawyer said it helped that i had 158 pieces of medical evidence in the last year alone.

  • http://www.ColoradoSocialSecurityLaw.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Congratulations! That's terrific!

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  • lisa miller

    my husband went to his hearing 2 months ago,and still not a word.he was told by his lawyer a ve would be their,but when he went to court their was no ve person.also he was denied any witnesses.just wandering if that is a good or bad sign.also 3 people who went to court on the same day as he did have allready got a decision.it took my friend 2 months for a denial.he has been fighting this for 10 years.he is 54.

  • jamiee

    i went to my hearing may 11th and social security got the decision today .But I wonder how long it will take for me to get the decision?

  • Pinktoes1723

    oh after my trial was over he said unless he changed his mind by the morning i was in his opinion disabled .This was in ohio



  • http://www.ColoradoSocialSecurityLaw.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Hi Hansa,

    This article may be useful: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2010/03/is

  • Nita

    I got a fully favorable decsion after 12 days! The only quick part of the two year process but no money yet and that is what we need after all this.

  • Alcaholicdemon

    Finally after 4 months my husband was approved.he received a good sum of money from ssi,but then was told he was not eligible because his ssd was to much.today he received his first ssd check.has not got his back pay yet,not sure how long that will take

  • Billy

    Hello I have been denied once in the mail the first time. I imedetly got a lawyer, this all falls back in Sept/2008 . I went in front of an ALJ/ in indianapolis last july 2010. No word yet last week my lawyer called on it and returned my call with the notice that the Judge hasnt even looked at my case yet to make a decition? wow so im at a loss, not sure what, where, or if my head is even on my sholders? sorry if i dont help but it can only let better…

  • Timothy

    Had my ALJ hearing on August 18th, 2010 and here it is November 11th, 2010 or 12 weeks and 1 day or 85 days since my hearing. Still no word or letter from my lawyer or SSA.
    I live in Hawaii, 43 years old, combat vet. L4/L5/S1 spinal fusion, (Still alot of pain in hips and lower legs joints), major depression and PTSD. The slightest little bang has me hitting the ground still after 5 years after being back from Iraq.
    My time in Iraq even while injured went faster then this SSDI nightmare of waiting and waiting to be denied, reconsidered, appeal and still wait for a decision. I at the point of saying goodbye to everything because if you were not crazy or depressed before, fighting for SSDI benefits will drive you crazy and get you depressed. I am sick of this whole SSDI wait and mind games.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hey Timothy, I’m sorry things are so frustrating. Your lawyer should be able to help give you an idea of how much longer it should take to get a decision. If all else fails, you can always call the appeals office yourself. The notice of hearing lists their telephone number.

      Hang in there, and give your lawyer a call. :)

  • D3cbrown4

    I applied for misuse of funds over 9 years ago, I recieved a letter saying that they were looking into it. 5 years ago. Now they won’t call me back and when I talked to the person at Colorado SS they were rude and said we just don’t ignor these things but nothing has happened. What would you suggest my next step would be?

  • Embracegrace

    I had my hearing on August 11, 2010 and received my approval letter on January 14, 2011 (letter dated January 7). I was supposed to have both a VE and ME at my hearing but the VE didn’t show. (I found out later that her husband was dying). The judge kept the case open for quite awhile–at least two months. I’m not sure if the original VE weighed in or he got another one, but whoever it was stated that there were no jobs I could do (I have a traumatic brain injury).

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Thank you for sharing your time line on getting a decision from Social Security. And congratulations!

  • Hela_3@hotmail.com

    If we have missed two appointment how long before we can get a new one?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      You have missed 2 appointments with Social Security since being approved? If so, you may want to get a hold of your local SSA office as soon as possible.

  • Jennifer2u42

    it has been over a year since our hearing with no word. I keep in contact with our lawyer and he said he is having a hard time getting a hold of anyone. What should we do. Or should we just assume it is an automatic no. My husband is a disabled veteran with 80 percent disability.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Your lawyer is in the best position to determine what is going on. I encourage you to keep in close contact with his/her office.

      It is extremely unusual for a year to pass without a hearing decision. In Colorado, at least, many decisions are entered within 90 days, and 6 months is the longest wait that I see. However, some cases have multiple hearings, or have post-hearing consultative examinations, which can increase the wait time.

      The hearing office should be able to provide a statement of the status of the decision. For example, the case may be with a decision writer, or with the judge for review, etc.

      Your lawyer should be able to tell you what the hearing office is saying is the status. Of course, you can also contact the hearing office directly. Their telephone number is on the Notice of Hearing which you received.

      Good luck Jennifer!

  • 90year old legs in a 23’s body

    Are there any offices that are typically longer? I just had my hearing via teleconference with Chicago. The judge is waiting for a piece of evidence and said my case would be closed in 14 days. It has been 18 months since my original application. Also, ever heard of a denial when the VE said there were no jobs?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi there. You don’t mention how long ago your hearing was. When an individual is waiting for a hearing decision, the amount of time since the **application** is not as important as the amount of time since the **appeal**.

      If the issue is the ALJ is waiting for a piece of evidence, the real question may be, has the judge gotten it? You or your lawyer can call the hearing office and ask to speak to the judge’s post-hearing clerk to see if the evidence has been received and if there is anything else that the judge is waiting on.

      You mentioned that the case would be “closed” in 14 days. The term “closed” usually does not mean decided. It often simply means that the record will not longer be held “open” and the judge and his/her staff will begin working on the decision.

      I do not work in the Chicago area, so I cannot tell how long that office takes for decisions. Whoever answers the phone at the hearing office (you may have to press “0” to get to the front desk) may be able to give you an estimate.

      I have a number of articles about vocational expert testimony here: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/tag/vocational-expert/
      Keep in mind that vocational expert testimony is another source of evidence. The judge has to weigh it along with the other evidence in the case. A judge may choose to accept or reject vocational expert testimony. When you have a lawyer at your hearing, they will usually have a pretty good idea of which way the case is leaning. However, without being there, I cannot comment.

      Good luck!

  • Sleepytimez

    how long after first social security first monthly check should the back pay come.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Barring issues with workers’ compensation, state interim benefits, child support obligations, overpayments, periods of incarceration, etc, the answer is soon. Back benefits are often paid within 60 days of regular monthly benefits starting; often much sooner. However, it all depends on the specifics of each case and the office an individual is dealing with.

      Good luck!

  • Lewis J

    How can social secuity department can say you were overpaid because you help someone, by being a co-signer on a car are something like that.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hmm. I was trying to figure out how your example of co-signing in a car might result in an overpayment. Then an idea occurred to me.

      Did Social Security consider you an owner of the vehicle, and since it is not a primary vehicle, it is not excluded, putting you over the asset cap for SSI?

      I’m just guessing here. SSA should be able to give you the answer.

  • Guest

    I recently Jan 3rd 2011 had a multi level spinal fusion S1-L3. Since the age of 19 I have had back pain, I am now 36. I have been unable to hold down my full time job (Pay Analyst) since Sept 1st of 2010. Since my surgery I have been in extreme amounts of pain, most days I feel worse than before my surgery and most days regret having the fusion. My days consist of Morphin and Lortab for pain and bed or recliner. I can’t stand for very short periods of time nor sit for very short periods. My surgeon now has ordered me a bone stimulator to wear because he said I have not healed like I should basically failed fusion. He said I should be able to return to work since I have a sit job but I do not see that happenning any time soon because of my pain and needing to lay down. What are my chances of being approved for SSID

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It sounds like there is definitely a case there. However, I can’t give you any kind of odds. A lot of cases have summaries that sound good.

      It is important to consider that Social Security disability cases are won and lost on the details. A case’s chances depend on what the medical records, doctor’s statements and other evidence says.

      Ultimately though, even with all the presently available evidence, anyone’s opinions of the chances is still only a guess. The only way to find out is to apply and let SSA evaluate the case.

  • guest

    i am wondering what happens when the administrative law judge does not call the vocationalsecialist to the hearing. it was only myself the judge mmy attorney and the secretary. wehave alot of medical back up some favoring my disability and some saying i am okay to work! Why did he not bring the voc secialist in to the hearingand when will i get a determiation. he said bc i have been waiting so long six years to get this hearing that i would go to the top of the pile! ? could you help with thee questions ? thank you

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Well, I can’t tell you “why” the judge didn’t have  VE. Some judges I know use VEs all the time, others do not. A VE provides evidence (testimony) about steps 4 & 5 of the sequential evaluation process. http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/03/how-social-security-reviews-cases-the-5-step-sequential-evaluation-process/

      That is, whether an individual can perform any past work (step 4) or any other type of work (step 5). 

      Also, the burden of proof shifts at step 5. At steps 1 through 4, the claimant has the entire burden of proving their case. If the claimant fails to provide sufficient evidence, Social Security can deny the case without lifting a finger (as it were). 

      However, if an individual get up to step 5 and still not be denied, *then* the burden shifts to the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration to proved that the individual is *not* disabled. 

      So, from a legal standpoint, if the judge wants to deny an individual at step 5, there usually has to be a VE to provide testimony. Otherwise, there is a potential appealable issue that the judge made a step 5 denial without supporting evidence. 

      So, that doesn’t really answer your question does it? Why didn’t the judge have a VE? Who knows! Perhaps the judge felt the case is a slam dunk and there isn’t the need to have a VE present. Perhaps the judge felt the case had serious issues and could be resolved (either by an approval OR a denial) and VE was not necessary. I don’t want to tease you. However, I just can’t say why. It’s asking me to read the tea leaves without even seeing the tea cup.  However, I hope a brief discussion of the impact of not having a VE at the hearing was useful!

      Good luck!

  • Hollis W. Haggard

    I guess I am a very lucky guy, my hearing was on May 9, 2011 and just today I looked at my bank account on line and noticed that SS has deposited my backpay. It took over 2 years to get approved and only 2-1/2 weeks to get my backpay. It does pay to stick it out and go as long as it takes. Remember don’t quit or giveup.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Wow! Hollis, that is super fast. Congratulations on the win and the speedy payout! And thanks for the tip.

  • becomingAdisabilityAdvocate

    Hi I applied for benefits in 2009. I was found unfavorable in 2010. I appealed the decision and it was sent back to the administrative law judge who found me unfavorable. I had my new hearing yesterday.  I am under the impression hings worked in my favor. The v.e stated I was only able to work 300 jobs of 1.5 million and that job I am not qualified to do. The judge then said to me, thank you, looks like things went in your favor today. This was a hard case because I am 29 years of age. I had the hardest time finding an attorney who wanted to take my case because my chances were slim. They all told me to start over but I proved the three points he said I had to in order to recieve benefits. My question is how soon should I hear something about the decision? I am in NY. Also I worked for 3 months during this time and it was stated I did not have gainful work experience  another reason I couldnt find anattorney to assist me is because many of them felt that even if I won. My benefits would be adjusted and wouldnt be enough to pay them substantially. So I guess I have a two fold question, one will my benefits be adjusted because I worked or will they date back to my first application and how soon should I get a decision. Also after the decision how soon before the benefits come? 

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Whether the benefits will be adjusted is a matter of the Onset Date the judge selects. If the work performed was not gainful, then it might have no impact. The other end of the spectrum would be the judge moving the onset to *after* the work ended. Either option assumes an approval. If the judge said the work wasn’t gainful, it suggests the former. However, without knowing your case, I really can’t say.

      As far as timing, in my home state of Colorado, I normally tell people that the decision should be issued in 45 to 90 days, however if the 90 mark is crossed, then the case is probably with a decision writer and might take up to 6 months (from the date of the hearing). Processing of benefits can be from a few weeks to about 90 days depending on whether a case is DIB, SSI, or both as well as what other issues need to be addressed (periods of incarceration, workers’ compensation offsets, overpayments, etc).

      Good Luck!

  • Christina

    my husband has fought for over 2 1/2 years. On June 2, 2011 he had his hearing & the judge told him she was only going to approve him for the last year starting Jan 2010 instead of Jan 2009. She asked him if he was willing to accept that or he could appeal & it would take another year for him just to come back before her. He agreed to her terms & she said she would get his letter to him in the next 2 or 3 weeks, but NO letter yet. Since she approved him during his hearing when will his benefits start?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Christina,

      Social Security cannot process benefits until a decision is entered.

      Judges can issue a “bench decision” by orally entering a ruling into the record. However, this is fairly rare.

      Typically when a judge tells a claimant how the judge is going to rule, that is not the decision. It is a “preview” and “summary” of the outcome to remove worry and tension. He decision *still* needs to be written and electronically entered so that 1) the local Social Security office (SSI cases) and/or regional payment center (SSDI case) can begin processing benefits. The electronic decision is also converted into a paper decision which is mailed to the claimant. However, with Social Security office electronically linked, the local office and/or payment do not have to quay for the paper version which can lag the electronic decision by ten days or longer.

      Basically, even when a judge tells a claimant what the outcome will be, until the decision is entered, nothing happens in terms of beginning the processing of back benefits and ongoing benefits.

      I don’t have information to add to what I have already written about how long it takes to get a decision.

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    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I can’t give you a different answer from what is in the article. You can call the hearing office to get an estimate of how long it normally takes to get a decision. 

  • Amy

    hello i just got approved for ssi on june 23rd 2011. and they are takin it back all the way to febuary 28th 2008 and i was just wondering how long does it take to get my award letter and my backpay? thank you!!!!

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Take a look at http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/06/i-won-my-social-security-case-when-do-i-get-my-benefits/

      • Amy

        thank you i just hope it dont take long

  • Kindrafudge

    hi i just went to my hearing on june 21,2011 the judge told me to bare with him and allow him 2 to 3 months for his decision you know you get confused when they get to talking in the section codes but how ever they had a vocational doctor there stating that im able to work at least 6 hours a day when my primary doctor declared me disabled where i cant do anything longer than 30 minutes but when my attorney spoke on my behalf and asked the doctor if my doctor declared that i couldnt do anything in the functional capacity and asked if i was able to do the jobs that he listed the doctor said no to all three jobs he gave and the judge asked him if there was any jobs that i can do to my limitations he told the judge no so that being said what do you think the outcome will be  also after the hearing speaking to the attorney he told me everything looks good on my behalf  it that a good sign that i will win my case please help me

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      From what you describe it sounds like it went well. 
      Not having seen the hearing nor being familiar with the records, it is difficult to second guess what your lawyer told you. It is not even monday morning quarterbacking, it is just, well, guessing. 

      So, if your lawyer says it went well, give yourself (and your lawyer) and pat on the back. If you have a question, give your lawyer a call. S/he is in the best position to comment.

      Good luck!

  • Cutie5_0

    Hola Tomasz ,

    I filed for my SSID or SSI in November 2010…I was denied twice by SSID or SSI caseworkers..They kept saying I needed more proof, but they’ve got my MRI results (which states I have DDD Degenerative Disc Diease 4 bugling disc, forminal/cervical stenosis, and a lot of arthritis…I cant stand, walking (including small hills), carry anything more then 10lbs, or sit up to long with out hurting my back and it feels like something is pulled near my groan area when I try to force myself sitting up..My doctor says in my DSHS medical/ physical report  in 3 months I am only able to work 10 hrs a week (which is like 5o. 60 bucks)…My son and I cant survive off of that..I basically receive more money from DSHS..Smdh!!..Anyways now I have got a lawyer and yesterday I got a letter from SSA saying in things I should get ready for now in the hearing…It also says “We will mail a notice of hearing to you at least 20 days before the date of your hearing to tell you the time and place….So does that mean I cant expect to be going to court this year soon?…;)

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It just means that *whenever* they set they hearing, they will give you at least *20 days notice*. Your lawyer can give you an idea of the average wait time in your state from requesting a hearing to when a hearing is likely to be set. Good luck (and I’m glad you got a lawyer on your case)!

  • mainegurl

    i had my hearing 3 days ago the judge says off the record i am finding the decission in your favor,so i don’t understand why he said off the record.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      To relieve the tension of waiting weeks or months for the “on the record” decision to be entered.

      The judge can’t always speed up how long it takes for the decision to be finished — the decision is more than a simple yea or no. However if a judge is going to approve someone, the judge sometimes lets them know so the person isn’t biting their nails wondering what the decision will be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.schaeffer1 Anthony Schaeffer

    I was approved in federal court in late April and still did not get money? How long does it usually take? thanks so much

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I’ve written about how long it takes to get benefits after the hearing decision: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/06/i-won-my-social-security-case-when-do-i-get-my-benefits/

      However, I don’t handle federal court cases, so I cannot address how long it takes after those. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.schaeffer1 Anthony Schaeffer

        thanks! Nice article

  • Cutie5_0

    Unfortunately I made a lot of bad decisions in my life helping others…Now that I’m disabled  my son & I are in a pinch..I have to let him stay with his aunt tell i get my SSI or SSID…Yes, I have a lawyer but is there anyway I could have the process move faster…My housing is in big time jeopardy and my lawyer says homeless peoples cases move faster if your on the street which she doesn’t thinks make since either…

  • Cutie5_0

    Unfortunately I made a lot of bad decisions in my life helping others…Now that I’m disabled  my son & I are in a pinch..I have to let him stay with his aunt tell i get my SSI or SSID…Yes, I have a lawyer but is there anyway I could have the process move faster?…My housing is in big time jeopardy and my lawyer says homeless peoples cases move faster if your on the street which she doesn’t thinks make since either…

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I have written about speeding up cases for dire need, here: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/10/speeding-up-a-social-security-case-for-dire-need/

      My honest opinion is that you and your lawyer are in the best position to figure out what, if anything, can be done to try to speed up your case. Your lawyer should know the judges and hearing office in your area and what they are likely to respond to. 

  • Butterfly Sai

    I have a question.  I had my appeals hearing on April 2011.  I call them an the last time I called them the guy told me that the cheif had to review it an sign it still an I should recieve my letter in the near future.  Is this a good sign or bad?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      What you are telling me is that the decision is waiting on a signature. That is a normal part of the process and just about the last step before a decision is sent out. However, I cannot make any kind of guess as to the outcome of the case.

  • Heather

    Hi there, I just had my hearing today. I THINK it went well….the vocational expert stated that there would be no jobs I could perform based on the opinion of the doctor I was sent to by SS. (which was for mental issues, not even touching the physical impact of having Narcolepsy on top of it…..kindly pointed out by my attorney.)

    Anyway, I would believe it is going to be a favorable decision but for one thing: I am pregnant, and had to stop taking all medications. The judge had even asked me if I would be functioning better on my medications, to which I replied a little better, but it seemed to lose it’s effect after a few weeks. (Dr and I were in the process of increasing/changing meds when I discovered I am pregnant.) Am I worrying over nothing? The anxiety is torture :(

  • Mccaulleymary

    i had a hearing aug.17 2011 and i called they said my decision was mailed aug.24  2011 is that a bad sign that it was a fast decision the ve was ok the judge asked the hypo questions and they seemed favorable to me but who knows

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      A fast decision is, in my experience, a good sign. Good luck Mary!

    • Methenew

      I ALSO had a hearing the same day as you AUG 17th.  I received a bench decision so keep me informed I wanna know how much longer for benefits??  

  • Lesterharris93

    Hi I had a hearing in front of a law judge in augusta and I had been waiting on a decision letter the judge said i’ll hear from her in 60 days and I haven’t received nothing yet. So does any one no how much longer have to wait for letter.

  • Boss105

    I had my hearing in Dallas at the end of March 2011 & no decision letter as of today Labor Day 2011.  The case has been in the writing stage since the hearing date.  My attorney told me before the hearing that the ALJ conducting my denies 90% of all cases that came before him.  I researched him on the internet and my attorney was correct.  I am 100% Service Connected Permanent and Total disabled according the VA and have been receiving 100% VA  benefits since 2004.  I told my attorney that maybe I would be one of the ALJ’s 10%.  The ALJ even stated during the hearing that my case should not have made it to him but yet it did and here I am 6 months later with no decision.  My attorney tells me not to call the ALJ’s office because we don’t want to make him angry.  The amount of time waiting on his decision is prolonging my ability to reapply because appealing a negative decision will only get me back in front of this ALJ.  If the appeals board finds in my favor he will definitely not be happy to see me.  It’s as though my attorney and others here are in fear of retaliation from this ALJ if they challenge his decisions since his approval record is only 10%.  I am seriously considering moving to a region where the ALJs are more favorable before I reapply. Until then I just wait.  Any thoughts? 

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Ok. So you have been waiting about 5 months (April, May, June, July, August). A longer than average wait is often a bad indicator. On the other hand, the ALJ’s comment that the case should not have gotten to him along with the 100% VA rating are very favorable signs. You may well be among the 10% approved. 

      There are things that can be done to try to squeeze a decision out, but they can have a bad result. Generally, calling to check the status of the case and even speaking with the judge’s clerk have a low likelihood of causing problems. Escalating beyond that, say, getting your member of Congress involved can be more problematic: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/10/should-you-get-your-congressperson-involved/
      Discuss your concerns and any action you want to take with your lawyer. S/he is in the best positon to tell you how any action is likely to play out. One question to ask is how long does it normally take to get a decision out of your ODAR office and this judge in particular. SSA is getting its resources cut, less staff, less overtime and more pressure to reduce the backlog. You don’t have to be sympathetic to SSA’s situation, however, it may help figure out if you are waiting longer than “normal.” If the case is still within the normal range, that can help inform your choice of action.

      Also, consider this: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2010/03/is-a-long-wait-after-the-social-security-hearing-a-bad-sign/

      Good luck!

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  • Phillip soto

    i went to my hearing on may 15 2011 it is now sept 8 and still no descion  on my status. 

  • Whitegold21

    where can I log in to check the stautes of my case

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      That depends on where you are in the process. Social Security has a page to check the status of initial applications: http://ssa.gov/claimstatus/

      However, they don’t tell you much.

      During the initial application, it is often better to contact the case manager at Disability Determination Services.

  • ladydeedee

    hi I had my alj hearing on july 12th. was sent to have consultative exams on aug 9 and 12. judge received my record for decision on 25th of august and it went to writers on august 26th. the actual writer began working on it september 1st and my case was administratively closed on september 8th. the judge was great at the hearing and the voc expert stated that i couldn’t do any job not even sedentary work.  I am still awaiting the letter on my decision.  I was just told by the hearing office that a letter has already been mailed to me.  I am so nervous.  I originally filed on dec 2008.

  • Pgerman5047

    I would just like to give some people hope.  I have a blood disorder.  I look healthy and am 54.  I was struggling the last year I worked between going to doctors and a full time job.  Then my sister died and I went into a depression that made it impossible to work.  I could not move. Trying to get my son to school was a chore. I stopped eating and this effected my blood problems.  Anyway. I lost my job in December of 2009.  I filed for disability in January, 2010.   I was very detailed in my paper work and made sure they got everything they needed.  I was approved in A pril.  There is a six month waiting period so the first month I was to get paid on was June.  I got it third week of July.  So everyone doesn’t get denied.  Good luck everyone!

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Kceesmom5

    If the vocational expert says that in his opinion, the person is unable to work… does that help in getting an approval?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Sure. That can be very helpful. Just keep in mind that everything the judge hears and sees is evidence. The judge then has to weigh the evidence to make a decision. While good VE testimony is a good sign, a judge is not bound by it. It is an important part of the total evidence the judge considers. However, still only part of the total evidence.  

      • Kceesmom5

        I got my letter today… Was approved.  Now what?  (Fully Favorable)  I will be so glad to have some insurance….  What is the next step I will have to deal with?

        • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Take a look at

          1) http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/06/i-won-my-social-security-case-when-do-i-get-my-benefits/

          2) http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/02/i-won-my-ssi-case-now-they-want-to-pay-me-in-installments/

          • Kceesmom5

            Will I also be able to get insurance now that I have been approved?  Thanks for the information, it was very informative.

          • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            Social Security comes with health insurance: Medicare for SSDI, and Medicaid for SS. http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/06/will-i-get-medicare-or-medicaid-with-social-security/

            Medicaid can start immediately. However there is a waiting period for Medicare. http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/06/i-won-my-disability-case-now-i-have-to-wait-for-medicare/

          • Kceesmom5

            so if I have already been waiting for 24 months, then I will recieve medicare immediately? Or will I still have to wait for 2 yrs.?

          • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            Well, waiting for 24 months may not be the same as being “in pay status” for 24 months. 

            24 months of SSDI benefits have to be paid before the individual is eligible for for Medicare benefits. The 24 months included back benefit months. 

            So, if Social Security paid benefits back to 01/10, Medicare eligibility would begin 01/12, after 24 months of benefits. 

          • Kceesmom5

            Also, I have not worked since 2008…. they know this to be the case. I live alone, my parents, and my sisters have helped me finacially for the last 3 years.  Also, my grand father helped me out alot, sadly he passed away last week….. what do I need to provide for the local security office, I have no bank accounts or anything, as I have no money.  I want to go ahead and have any information, they may need.  Thanks your information has been very helpful. 

          • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            The local office will tell you what they need from you.

          • Kceesmom5

            If you owe back taxes, can the IRS garnish your disability money?

          • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            Possibly: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/07/can-creditors-garnish-social-security-benefits/

          • Kceesmom5

            I got a small check today from ssi.  Is this different from my disability I will recieve? Also, I owe a lawyer, but this check I got today want even cover my lawyer.  Do I pay them when I get my disability back pay? 

          • Kceesmom5

            I got a small check today from ssi.  Do I pay my lawyer out of this check, or do i wait until I get my back pay from disability?  This check I got today is just a small check.  Thanks

          • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            Well, talk to your lawyer :)

            Generally, Social Security now withholds 25% of the back benefits from both SSI and SSDI and will pay the law office directly. So, in most cases, the claimant only has to cut a check to pay expenses. SSA pays the fees (out of the back benefits). 

            Also, keep in mind that in SSI cases, claimant’s back benefits are paid in installments: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/02/i-won-my-ssi-case-now-they-want-to-pay-me-in-installments/

          • Lfrazier23

            Glad to hear that you received your benefits. I had my hearing on the 19th of October.. was denied the first time, denied on recon then had a scheduled hearing in May to see the ALJ and he postponed the hearing for me to go see a CE Pyschiatrist. Then was rescheduled to just last week on the 19th. No decision at the hearing, however, the hypothetical questions the judge asked the VE were strange.. first one VE said yes I could do past and future work, second hypothetical question the VE said no too. Then on cross examination as I have a work limitiations/restriction form that states I cannot work more then 2 hours without walking, standing and sitting when I needed. The rest very very litmied and the VE said no I could not do any work past or future. So I hope that this helps my case.

          • Kceesmom5

            If i get ssi, does this mean I will not get my disability back pay? This is all very confusing.

          • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            I can’t answer that. It depends on the specific circumstances of your case. You need to speak to your lawyer about it. 

  • Janeljohnson90

    The VE said i can go back to my past job as a cashier but my lawyer asked him if i go back to being a cashier would they keep me and with the side effects of the meds would they allow me to take more breaks than normal, and his response was no, and theywould seek another employee. So is that a good sign? And he also was saying that there are so jobs that i can do in the national economy. So is it a good sign towards an approval?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      “Trust the person in the room.” Your lawyer was there with you and is the best person to tell you his/her impressions of how the judge responded to the cross examination of the VE. 

      Ultimately, it comes down to whether the judge is likely to believe the additional limitations presented by your lawyer. Strictly speaking, *any* limitation can presented during the hypotheticals. Whether it has any likelihood of convincing the judge has a lot to do with the support in the evidence. In my opinion, it has to be more than a possible side effect (like the list of side effects that comes with most medications). It helps if the medical records document the side effect happening.

      Good luck Janel! I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

      • Leleapril3

        can u get disability if ur have a loweri.q inschool or u been inresource

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Possibly. Social Security can approve disability cases for low IQ or other school problems.

  • Austinsluv2u2

    I had my hearing in December 2008 before a Federal Judge and my lawyer and I was asked to give more medical evidence on my disability.  We provided the evidence, the judge said he would give us an answer by January 23, 2009 and we are still waiting today to hear a decision.  I have peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, a broken navicular bone in my left wrist and a fracture in my right foot that was not diagnosed as broken bones and both heal incorrectly and developed bad arthritis around them over a period of time.  I have carpel tunnel and my previous work involved a lot of typing I can no longer do… (having problems typing this without having to stop several times from the pain).. The response I got from the Judge at the hearing was, “could I do any housecleaning”  I said some but I had to stop a lot to rest… His response was “if you can clean house some then maybe you can work some too”… that was then he was told about the peripheral neuropathy and the fibromyalgia… He asked for the evidence we provided and we still have not gotten an answer… My lawyer checked with the system a couple times and they said it is still sitting on the judge’s desk he hasn’t made a decision yet.. How much longer do we have to wait???

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      That just doesn’t make any sense. Anything more than 6 months and people start getting their members of Congress involved in putting pressure on to get a decision issued. That is, 6 months after any post hearing evidence and consultative reports are submitted to Social Security. 

      Waiting 22 months after the hearing and still no decision? That strains belief.

      When was the last time your lawyer checked on the status? Personally, I would call the hearing office directly. If the case really has not been decided 22 months after the hearing, talk to your lawyer about getting your Congressman involved.

  • Briannastovaw

    My boyfriend had his ssi court hearing 3 business days ago and received ssi mail today but we have no ride to get it at his po box. What would the mail possibly be on?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Carnack says, “it is likely a reminder of the hearing sent from back east finally arriving.”

      Or, not.

  • Rachel

    i recently went in front of judge after being denied 2 times and then appealed it and then waited 3 years when will i know what her decision was it was 8/11/2011???

  • Kimberley Richey

    I had my hearing july 19 2011 the judge contacted my attorney telling her they had all the evedince they need and it is now october 13th and i called social secuirty and they said there is still no decesion made does that mean bad that it takes this long?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It really is a matter of trying to read tea leaves to try to decide if a long wait is a bad sign. Generally, a long wait is not as good as a rapid (within 60 days of the hearing) decision. However, it *really* may not mean anything at all. I know it is hard to wait. But, reading too much into the time will just make you miserable. 

      I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. 

  • Brandon

    I have M.S and i was finally awarded SS. By the judge just waiting on that LETTER now i filed back in june of 2010 so when i finally get my awardance letter will  i be getting health ins. june 2012??

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It sounds like you are asking about the 24 month waiting period for Medicare. This post may provide the information you are looking for: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/06/i-won-my-disability-case-now-i-have-to-wait-for-medicare/

      I cannot say how your case will end up since I don’t know whether you were applying for SSI or SDDI? Or how far back the ALJ decided the disability began, or how far back the benefits will go.

  • Rbrthi

    Just had my hearing after being denied 3 times.
    took about 15  minutes.
    the attorney said it went 98% in my favor and I should hear from ssd 4-6 weeks or  sooner.

  • Dukenlady

    Hello ,
    I went to a consult and was denied and had to appeal to ALJ. I am 29 married with three children  I  suffer from bi polar depression anxiety  I take meds that i cant drive and still dont leave house anyway make me dizzy. My medical consult noted i abuse marijuana but dx me two listing and prognosis fair and did note some impairments . I had a hearing two weeks ago. The judge asked about this and I said I have not done that since school 12 years ago and my atty provided drug tests from my mental health providers office all negative two recent tests and 4 older ones.  There was no VE or ME The judge was very friendly and the hearing she went through work history what i did there and why i was let go. lasted about 20 minutes.  The judge wanted records from 2009 and 2010 from mental health doc office , WHY ? Is that good or bad she had 5 other years including most current…medical records so the judge left the record open passing my chances of a bench decision : C   he submited records day after hearing.  My lawyer says it went well but im not so confident since there was no VE or ME and the lie from the medical consult whom twisted things . The original denial after the consult never mentioned denying me for drugs at all. What do you make of all this mess

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Without knowing your case, I can’t really say. The big issue appears to be drugs, but if your tests show you are clean, that’s pretty dispositive! At least as of the time the tests were done. Re asking for 2009 & 2010 records, if you are claiming disability back to 2009, then those records are relevant. Share your concerns with your lawyer and see what s/he says.

  • Rams Fan

    I had my hearing 6 mos ago. I still havent heard from anyone. I have called my lawyer and he told me that it was on the Judges desk. The judge said he will be getting back to me we his decision within 6 mos. Now what do I do? It seems my lawyer wont do anything for me. Do I fire him or do I just call them or go there on my own?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Well, firing the lawyer because the judge hasn’t issued a decision is a bit extreme. Your lawyer can’t control how long it takes for the judge to get the decision out.  http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/09/should-you-fire-your-lawyer/

      It is possible to get your member of Congress to call and try to speed things up. However, that is something of a “nuclear option.” http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/10/should-you-get-your-congressperson-involved/

      If that is something you want to do, talk to your lawyer about the pros and cons.

      Good luck!

  • Sherriey

    I was denied at the initial stage and on recon starting back in May of 2009. I finally had my hearing in front of an ALJ on October 19th. I suffer from BiPolar, Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Myofacial Pain Syndrom and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. The judge listened to all of my testimony and the ME stated that he thought I was over exaggerating my symptoms and only based his testimony off of the report that the CE Pyschatrist provided that SSDI sent me too and one other doctor and completely overlooked and did not mention anything about the physician I see on a regular basis. The judge asked the VE two hypotheticals in which the first one the VE said yes there was past and present work I could do and that I had transferable skills. The judge then asked the VE the same hypothetical but asked if there was an employer past or present that would keep me with missing 2 more days of work a month and the VE stated “No”. Then my attorney presented the VE with my work restrictions and asked him two sets of questions and the VE stated that there was absolutely no job past or present that I could do and givin that I miss 4 days of work a month and leave eary on every job I have and the VE said no way there would be anything in the national economy I could do. My work limitations/restrictions that were provided to me by an Occupational Medicine Doctor are as follows: 2 hours of very light work with lifting no more then 5 lbs., sitting (34-66%), standing (11-33%), walking (11-33%),  bending (waist/neck) (1-10%), squat/knee/crawl (never), Twist/Pivot (waist/neck) (1-10%), climb stairs/steps/ladders (never), work over shoulder (never), work floor to waist (never), jogging/running (never), work waist to shoulder (67-100%) with seldom (1-10%) of my right arm being used for grasping, pincer gripping, reaching withoutstreched arm, twisting (wrist), pushing/pulling with hands, wrist flexion/extension and keyboard work and with my left arm being able to be used for the following things (34-66%). While noting that I need to alternate betweeing sitting/standing/walking as needed. It has been almost 30 day’s and I do not have a decision made as of yet. My attorney didn’t sound positive about the hearing stating that the judge was looking at my substance abuse issues from long ago which the ME ruled out as a problem and the CE that I seen stated that they didn’t believe It was a factoring issue for anything. My attorney also said that the first set of hypotheticals the judge gave the VE was not favorable on my part and my attorney wants me to keep submitting more medical records of new and upcoming appointments that he can continue to send to the judge while we are wating for a decision. I’ve never heard of that before. So given this information what does this all add up too? Thanks

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Sounds like your lawyer is concerned. Of, you can just ask him/her. 

      The restrictions from your doctor are good however there is the rest of the file to consider: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/

  • Karihorns

    After reading all the different comments, I see I just might be screwed. I recently had my court hearing and the way the judge sounded at the end I’m not to sure I’m going to receive my judgement. Basically, because I’m educated I may not be approved for my case even though I’m not able to sit, stand, lift, carry, or do much of anything. If it’s going to take another year to get money even if I do get approved my kids and I will be living on the streets. My landlord have been nice but I have been waiting since 2009. Finally, got a hearing earlier Nov. and may not receive a decision till February, and then it may take another year before I receive a payment. Wow, when is the government going to put the needs of those that keep them having a job first.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I think you are misreading the post. I typically see between 45-90 days to get a hearing decision followed by 45-90 for benefits to begin. So, while longer is possible, from what I see average time to payment from the hearing is between 90 – 120 days. 

    • elishalovesdelfino@gmail.com

      I applied for disability back in 2005 maybe I don’t remember but I was denied and then went to the law judge and got denied twice there too. I just received a letter about partially favorable so I’m just waiting.

  • Dsweatland

    I have had my hearing in august.  Have not heard back yet.  My lawyer said that could be good.  I have seizures.  I sleep 3 days after having a seizure.  They ask me about if I lost my job at ups put i said i have no problem with a doctors note.  Could that be my down fall.  I have video eeg to back me up at rush hospial.  Also have cluster headaches.  They ask me about if i gone to a doctor for that.  I told them i didnt know about speicalist for headaches.  Since than I have gone on oxgen and seeing a specalist in feb for it.  Does it sound good.  My lawyer said it soundes about 95 percent good.  But wooried about the headheads.  Because seize are usally deined.  I have parial  seizures.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I dont’ think seizures are “usually denied.” I can’t think of single judge I have come across who did not recognize how negatively seizures affect a persons ability to work. The larger question is the efficacy of medications and how often a person has seizures despite meds. Documenting that can be difficult.

      As for how your case sounds… http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/

      Good luck! I hope you win!

  • Tanysha2114

    My son had his hearing Nov. 29th of this year and it went really well. The judge was very funny and he said I was very articular. I had a lawyer and once he opend up my son file he said he sees that there is some problems and he wanted my lawyer to get two doctor questionnaire and he sent for a teacher questionnaire as well. He gave a good vibe and said I give you guys two weeks to get the info back to me and I wil take it from there. So my son lawyer just sumbitted the rest of the paperwork this morning. I have a really great feeling that my son is finally going to get his benefits that we’ve been fighting for since 2009. Is this a good sign

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi, Tanysha. Frankly what stands out to me is that the lawyer needed the judge to tell him/her that the forms were needed. I am guessing that these are the standard work limitations forms which SSA uses. Unless the lawyer had previously tried to get them and the doctors were not cooperative (or a similar reason), I am not sure why it took the judge to get this started. There may be a good reason but this is what stands out to me. 

      On the plus side, it sounds like the judge is looking out for your son’s interests and wants to make sure the necessary evidence is in. 

      I hope it all works out for you and your son. Good luck Tanysha!

      • Tanysha2114

        I called to see about my son case and they told me I should hear something within 8 to 12 weeks y so long? That the judge was working on it as we spoke and he had to send it out to a decision writer then the decision writer have to send it back to the judge to sign off on it. What does this mean?

        • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          To the best of my knowledge, the judge send out his notes to a decision writer, who writes a draft of the decision. The judge then can approve, edit, or make significant changes to the draft decision. Once the decision is approved, it is entered into the file and a copy is mailed to you. 

          Of course, during this process the judge is still reviewing cases which are coming up, holding hearings, drafting decisions, etc. So, it all takes some time. 

          • Tanysha2114

            So what’s the percentage of my son being approved? I saw his approval rates and it was 57 percent and his denial percentage was 19 percent. So the judge writes the decision and then sends it off to a decision writer and do they write all the decision or the ones that’s good? Now 8 to 12 weeks is that a good thing to wait or is that a bad sign?

          • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            Decision writers handle both approvals and denials – so you cannot read too much into the judge using a decision writer. 

            As far as chances, it really depends on the evidence in the case: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/Trying to make guesses based on how long the case is taking is as useful as tying to read tea leaves.

            I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  • Hill Sheryl1970

    my sister moved to colordo , she s been there for almost 6 yrs . when she applyed for ss she got hers in two weeks lol i guess she had already been diagnosed paranoya scisofranic she got it quick my best friend went to cailafornia to stay with her mom and her mom had her ss within 6 months diagnoised bypolar . me myself i hav been diagnoised with mdd manic depressen and i just went i front of a law judge it was a video hearing , on nov 8 2011 i have been waiting 2 n half yrs but te judgetold me an my attrney we shold hear something in about 30 days , well its been 30 days and im praying i get it my atterney semed confadent wish me luck thanks and i wish u all best of luck as well

  • Tracy Spencer

    I had my disability hearing in Sept. 2011. I have called and checked on the case and as of right now Dec. 16, 2011 everything is at the decision writer. I was wondering if this was a good sign for my case to be at the decsion writer? The office told me that the decision writer picked up the case on Dec. 6, 2011. I was wondering if you could give me your opinion if it might be approved or not?

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi, Tracy. 

      A 90 day wait for a decision is not necessarily a bad sign: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2010/03/is-a-long-wait-after-the-social-security-hearing-a-bad-sign/

      I can’t give you an opinion about your case. However, the time it takes to render a decision is not a strong indicator of the outcome. 

      Good luck!

      • Tracy Spencer

        From my understanding my case had been sitting there waiting for a decision writer to pick it up since October. I’m from Indiana and the lady’s at the office said there is so many people waiting for disabily and they r short staffed that’s why it has taken so long for me to hear something. The judge had made her decision a month after I had my hearing. I have read up on some stuff and from my understanding it’s a good sign of being approved if it goes to an under writer. I have dealt with my back problems for 10 yrs. One of the Dr’s that I was checked by put me on a restriction out of a 8 hr day I can only stand, walk for 2 hrs and I can only sit for 1 hour. I have been told that I have a lower back like an 80yr old. I have like 3 buldging discs, DD, bone spurs, arthritis, a tear somewhere in the lower back. My neck has mild scoliosis, DD and nerve r being pinched. What do u think now about my case?

        Thank you,
        Tracy S 

        • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          What you describe sounds very good. But…. http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/

          Good luck Tracy!

  • Marcellakester

    I went for my hearing back in august. As of dec 14, the judge made his decision. Is there a way i can find out what his decision was before the mail? (As in, is there somewhere i can cal and they will tell me)? Also, from what ive read…it will take another 3ms at min. To get a paymebt…what if ur backdated???? Ty.

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      If you have an attorney signed up with the SSA ERE system, s/he can check online to see if the decision has been entered. The decision is in the electronic file about 10-14 days before the paper copies arrives in the mail. 

      After the decision is entered, SSA will begin processing the benefits (back benefits and ongoing monthly benefits)This post discusses benefit processing after the decision is entered: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/06/i-won-my-social-security-case-when-do-i-get-my-benefits/Good luck Marcel!

  • Kcanally

    i have a ? i had my hearing yesterday 01/09/2011 and the judge only swore me in asked my name ss# and date of birth and then he said that in  this case he found the mental rfc to be less than seditary ,then he said this hearing has ended and goodluck?  my lawyer thinks i might of won but is not sure , can anyone possibly help me with this confusion??

    • http://planet10tech.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It sounds good. Judges rarely abbreviate hearings to such an extent except to approve the case. And the “less than sedentary” comment is a wink in the same direction. 

      However, you generally trust the person in the room. Your lawyer is in the best position to figure out which way the judge is leaning. Anyone else (myself included) is just guessing with very limited information. 

  • Jladams

    Hello my name is Jennifer and after reading the post I have noticed the time of hearing from the judge’s desicion in each state seems different. Could this be possible? I just had a hearing on Jan. 6th, 2011 of course the judge did not tell me if I was approved or not, but my lawyer seemed happy when it was over a he said, “that went really well.” He also stated that I will here something in four weeks. Since the hearing I have be suffering with anxiety because I have come to realize the wait is almost over, the struggle is almost over. I have been diagnosed with bi-polar 1,depression, and had back sugery last year from broken lumbars, spinal fluid leakage, and 3 deteriated disc. Do these these three problems qualify as a reason to even sign up for social security? I go to many doctors and my medical charts are huge. I also noticed someone posting about levels of education, can this cause a negative response on a case? I have also read from your postings if a lawyer has acsess to the SSA ERE system he or she can check online to see if a desicion has been made. Is there any other way I can check into it myself to get a response or speed up the process to get a response? Thank you for your time and effort you take to answer all of our questions.


    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Processing times differ from state to state and even judge to judge. The conditions you describe certainly could qualify for disability. However, it all depends on the details (which I do not have). 

      Only the lawyer can access the ERE to check for the decision. However, you can call the hearing office to see if the case has been “closed” which means that a decision in the ERE file. Of course, you will get a copy of the decision by mail. However, that is often 10 days or so after it is available in ERE. 

      Good luck! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  • Jt6463

    I had my my hearing on Jan 9th.  There was a vocational expert in the room who went through a list of jobs she thought I could still perform and then narrowed it down.  The judge’s final question to her was “will this woman be able to hold a job?” and the expert answered  no.  Is this a good sign or should I not read into it?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It *is* a good sign. Just keep in mind that one sign is not everything: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/

      Good luck!

  • Cerebralhaze

    My husband’s hearing was Dec. 2011. The judge never asked the vocational expert or SSA represenative any questions what-so-ever, only a few to my husband and his lawyer. The last thing the judge said was “very good, that’s all I need.” Afterwards the lawyer congratulated my husband.(I’m not getting excited until I see it in writing)  My husband is also a disabled vet and his TDIU hinges on the approval of SSI.

  • Nelliehernandez82

    It has already been 10 months since my daughters hearing and no word yet. I work in the medical field and I know of several patients that have gotten their decision right at their hearing. Some just get approved right before the hearing is scheduled.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      10 months is *way* outside the normal range to get a hearing decision. Have you contacted the hearing office to verify that a decision has not been entered (and for whatever reason, you haven’t gotten it)?

  • Disabled1

    Its been four months since my hearing and still no word, hoping to hear that im approved soon because 120 a month from dshs isnt cutting it.

  • tracy

    my son’s father’s disability was approved back in july of 2011.  him and his oldest son have already recieved there backpay and monthly payments…his oldest son was put on his claim when he first sighned up for his disability,  whereas i had to have dna on our son.  my case was denied because we hadn’t had dna done yet.  i have finally recieved the dna stating that he was the father and had an appeal for reconsideration done march 1st.  they told me it could take six more months,  why so long?  what’s the sonnest you’ve seen cases like this take to get payment and what can i do to speed it up?  thank-u

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I see few cases involving paternity. However six months for a reconsideration (not a hearing) is not unusual. The reason is simply a backlog of cases. 

  • N9sgn

    My hearing was in April, 2011.  We had a two month delay because the ALJ’s office misplaced some documents.  I am still waiting for a decision.  Since my hearing, my condition has worsened and I now meet the listings for my conditioned.  My lawyer and my senators office both tell me that the SSA office is just way backed up but I can’t last much longer since my medical bills are going through the roof.  Is there anything I can do to fast track this?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Talk to your lawyer about requesting expedited processing of your case. Cases can be flagged to more faster for dire need. http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/12/what-does-a-critical-case-review-look-like/

      • N9sgn

        Thank you so much for your prompt reply.  I will call my lawyer on Monday.

  • Okenfl

    Once your attorney files for the Dire Need what is the next step and what is a realistic time frame for the 1st payment? the case has been open for over a year already.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      The next step after filing a dire need request is Social Security (or the hearing office) reviews it. There is no set processing time. In my experience, if SSA finds dire need, the hearing in less time than usual for the hearing office. If not, there is no response. About the only thing the attorney can do is to call the hearing office to inquire if the judge has reviewed the dire need request. 

  • Gabbeec

    I went to my disability hearing on March 21,2012 and after the hearing, my lawyer said if the judge goes for everything that my primary Dr. has limited my abilities to then it a win win but i don’t know?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Unfortunately, that’s the situation in most hearings. If the judge accepts the claimant’s doctor’s opinion, it’s a win. If not, there are problems. 

      • Gabbeec

        my lawyer said it would be 4-6 weeks until i received a decision. is thats an appropriate time frame?

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Wait times vary by office and by judge. In Colorado, I normally estimate between 45 and 90 days. Your lawyer should have a handle on wait times in your area.

      • Gabbeec

        How could the Judge not accept a doctor’s opinion with multiple peices  of evidents before them?

  • Gabbeec

    Have you ever seen a case where the judge went against a Doctor’s decision of a cliant???

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      In the majority of disability cases, it is not a question a whether the judge will accept the doctor’s opinion, it is *which* doctor’s opinion the judge accepts. There are the claimant’s treating doctor’s opinion, the Social Security consultative examiner’s opinion, a medical examiner’s opinion, a medical consultant’s opinion. 

      If a judge had to accept the treating providers opinion above all others, Social Security cases would be a lot simpler. But a judge gets to consider all the evidence and determine the weight given to all of the opinions. 

      Talk to your lawyer about your case. Ask what evidence supports your claim and what evidence might result in a denial. 

  • Meekie81

    Hello, my son had his hearing Jan 5 of 2012 after being denied twice. He has had asthma since birth , ADHD, and is in speech therapy at school. The judge was very nice and stated that he needed to gather my son’s last dr visits since his medication dosages were increased. He then stated that as soon as the records are received he can make his decision. I just called to check and the last of the records were just received last week. She stated that his file had been sent to the writting department by the ALJ. That was really fast considering that the last of the medical records were sent in last week. Does this mean it’s bad with it being sent over there so quickly?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Trying to determine if something is good or bad based on how slowly or quickly a certain event happens is like reading tea leaves and about as useful :)

      Cases really depend on the evidence : http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/ 

  • Inhisanointing


    i had my hearing on the 22nd of March and i called today and was told that my case was closed and that i should receive a letter within 10 days what does that mean?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Typically, that means that a decision has been made and entered into the SSA system (which closes out the case with the hearing office). The decisions are mailed from central locations back east, and it usually takes about 10 days to receive the decision.

      • Jack

         From what I Understand, after 5 days, and depending on the person you are talking to on the phone with ssa, and how respectful you are with them etc, they can tell you whether you been approved or denied even before the letter is delivered.  I just want to know the truth in this.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Social Security does not speculate, hint, or disclose the decision until it is issued. The only exception is when the judge at the hearing tells the claimant how s/he is going to rule.

          Trying to “sweet talk” the receptionist at the hearing office is not likely to work because 1) they don’t know the decision until it is issued, 2) even if they work with the judge and have a 90% certainty of which way the judge is leaning on a case, it would be an *amazingly* severe breach of their duty to speculate, hint or disclose the decision. 

          However, once the file has been closed and the decision is in the mail, then, and it is still only a maybe, the clerk may tell you how the judge has ruled. Typically, though, they will just tell you that you will get the decision in the mail. 

  • Inhisanointing

    being that it took only a week to get a decision does that sound like a good thing? I felt good after the hearing but you never know.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hopefully, it will turn out well for you. I will keep my fingers crossed.

  • felicia

    Hello my name is felica Im so stress I  have and 5year old daughter with adhd and also odd I applied for benfits for her on january 31-2012 and got denied.I live in state of philadelphia so now im wating  for and hearning infront and judge goes anybody no how long its gonna take

  • Meekie81

    do ALJs usually ask for last Dr. visits reports or proof of medicine increase/changes at a hearing, and states that the quicker the requested documents are sent in the quicker he can make a decision. And then once everything was turned in, less than two days after it was sent to the writting department. I guess what i’m trying to ask is, does this look favorable maybe just a little? Or is this just routine, we were even sent to a CE prior to the hearing, and the physician gave a very good report for my son’s conditions.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      You are asking to read tea leafs. :) 

      Social Security disability cases are not one thing, they are everything that SSA has: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/ 

      I will keep my fingers crossed for your son’s case.

  • Meekie81

    After being denied at hearing level by an ALJ, If appealed will you get the same ALJ at the next appeal level?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      The next level after a hearing with an ALJ is the Social Security Appeals Council. The hearing judge does not decide the appeal.

      However, if the Appeals Council remands the case for another hearing, the new hearing is often with the same judge.

    • Lisa

       No you won’t. You will move up to a higher court. I highly recommend you hire a Law Firm if you don’t have one.

  • Rhannah30

    I had my hearing, after the judge and my attorney talked, they talked to the medical expert, then stopped the case.  she said that is all she needed.  she did not talk to the vocational expert who was there.  is that a bad sign?  the ME said i was disabled.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      While I guarantee that this means an approval, in my experience this is often a very good sign. Good luck!

    • Crystal Wooters

      I had my video hearing 3/14 my ME did the same thing but put numbers with each one and said equal to or greater than….The Judge asked onset date and closed the case….My atty said he has never seen that and that we won….Now starting to doubt. No award letter or anything and its been 7wks………Still Waiting

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      While I can’t guarantee that this means an approval, in my experience this is often a very good sign. Good luck!

  • Sonyam1991

    I had my hearing march 22 2012.. i didnt have a laywer but i think i did ok by myself. after the hearing i had to go to my doctors an he had to sign a paper for ssi… what would that mean?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Well… what did Social Security want your doctor to sign?

      • Sonyam1991

        im not actually sure.. just what i was trying to get ssi for i guess..

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          I suspect it is a RFC form (but that is just a guess): http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2012/03/limitation-forms-for-social-security-disability-cases/

          • Sonyam1991

            with my doctor filling that out does that give me a chance?

          • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            It depends on what the doctor says and the other records in your case. Cases are won or lost on the details — and I don’t know the details in your case.

  • Brianbanks29

     I have degenerative and hernaited disc disorder. I also have Morapghy. I had my hearing in front of the judge last Wensday. They said that i was not able to work that is what the vocational worker and the judge said. is that a good sign

  • Prtyeyes68

    My advice to those seeking disability benefits. I hired a law Firm from the very beginning and I applied in October of 2010 and got my case expedited and the ALJ was able to move my case up. I had my hearing April 16th 2012 and my decision of Full Disability Benefits was made at the hearing which is known as a (bench hearing). I recommend this Law Firm that is nationwide. Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin 1-800-618-4878. My Case Manager was Melissa Gallmier and you can say Lisa in Claremont, NC referred you to this Law Firm. Good Luck!! They won my case for me!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/antonio.miller3 Antonio Miller

    i had a hearing about three weeks ago about me being disabled and the hearing was on the computer. i haved suffered with problems from head truma from being in a car accident at two weeks old. This means i have had this condition all of my life and now the results i may hear is that im no longer disabled and how would i go about recieving help for this situation im in.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi, Antonio. Well, even though looking for help after the hearing and before the decision is pretty late, I still recommend contacting some local attorneys to see if they can review your case to see if anything needs to be or can be done. Good luck!

      • Cass_i2002

          Some one needs to fight to change the way this the system does things. People are not trying to win a law suit, no one should have to go in front of a Judge or hire a lawyer, to be approved for something they should be and probably are entitled to in the 1st place. Something WAY wrong about this! Why do you need a lawyer for something you are not entitled to any way and how can a lawyer get you something FROM THE GOV> you are NOT entitled to? And IF you are entitled to it {as it would seem because so many people get approved after they hire a lawyer} then why in Gods name do you need a lawyer or need to go in front of a judge. Its broke and needs to be FIXED!!!

  • Rcg

    Hi, I had my hearing on 1-11-12. I still have not received a decision. What can I do? Not sure why it is so long. I was told 4-6 weeks. I live in Illinois.

    • todd

      Rcg … i feel you my friend .. i have been waiting since 2-8-2012 and still no word .. i guess all we can do is keep our fingers and toes crossed and pray for the best

  • Cutie5_0

    Okay well I went to my SSI Disability hearing..My lawyer said she feels it went well and the judge seem understanding…Then the judge tells me my case will be open for 10 to 14 more days and in a month he will make a decison…So what do you think?…;)

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      All I can say is I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/

  • N9sgn

    Have you ever had someone wait over a year for a decision?  It’s now been 13 months and counting for me.  My lawyer says the judge will tell her nothing about why there is a delay.  In the meantime, I have given my lawyer further medical records showing that I now meet the listings for my condition (chronic anemia).  I was on the borderline when I had my hearing.  Is my lawyer doing all she can do or is the judge able to just ignore it.  I can’t get a satisfactory answer and I’m very frustrated.  This case is in New Mexico.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Judges are supposed to consider all records submitted up through the issuance of the decision. Usually, I try not to bombard the judge with *cumulative* (aka “more of the same”) records after a hearing if the original records properly support the point I am trying to make. 

      13 months is way beyond the pale to wait for a hearing decision. Also, I can’t tell you if your attorney is doing all she can. I am not in a position to say. 

      One thing to keep in mind is that if a person provides evidence that they *now* meet a listing, it can be a double edged sword. It potentially increases the chance of being found disabled. However, it may suggest to the judge that the person should only be approved *as of meeting the listing.* If that happens, the back benefits (from before meeting the listing) may go away. 

  • Cutie5_0

    Another thing is that the vocational gave a list of five jobs and the judge narrow it down to cause of my disabilities 2, but then when my lawyer ask her with my condition (hurts if I sit up or down to long, hurts bending, even short walks)…An then the vocational said no because at some point i will have to bend at some point…Right now I’m on pins and needles waiting…Is that a good sign?..;)

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It depends on how well supported the limitations are in the evidence. 

      Trust the person in the room: talk to your lawyer, get his/her impressions. No one can tell you how your hearing went better than someone who was there :)

  • Cutie5_0

    Well I know she said it went very well because we have strong case and evidence of each disabilities, plus the judge was understanding…It’s just the wait that’s killing me…;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/regina.tonkin Regina Tonkin


    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk


    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      You can also ask your lawyer to check the electronic file for the decision. Often decisions are put in up to 10 days before they arrive in the mail. The local office/processing center can often begin working on determining benefits once the electronic decision is in. Some of my clients have gotten the money in their accounts *before* getting the decision. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it can happen, and it is a nice surprise.

      • Gthotrod2004

        where on the net can i check on my claim after a hearing has been held?

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          You or your lawyer can call the hearing office to check the status. Your lawyer can log in to the ERE system to see if a decision has been entered. However, Social Security does not have a public net-accessible way of checking the status. 

  • Todd

    hi everyone .. 
     i had a hearing back in feb 2012 i still have not gotten anything back yet , my lawyer says no news is good news , dont know how true that is anyone know ? went down to my local social security office last week to change my direct deposit info and the guy there told me there was no decision  but it did have a date saying 4 25 12 im not sure if this was when the judge released it or the decision writes did .. any help would be great .
     thank you for your time

    • Todd

       also my back doctor was missing some of my med records they were faxed to the judges office 2 weeks later ..

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Todd. Trust the person in the room. If your lawyer (who knows your file and was there at the hearing) says it went well, what can anyone else (who has no idea of your case) possibly say. :)

      Good luck. I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

      • Todd

         thank you tom .. i need luck .. its just my lawyer was missing some of my med records but we did get them turned in on time ..  so i know that could be prolonging my decision …

    • Cass_i2002

      The whole system needs to be changed. A person gets denied, gets a lawyer and after some times gets approved. Why should a person “EVEN” have to say  I won??? Is it a criminal case – NO is it a law suit? NO. How can a person be denied and then approved for any of this? They should have certain guidelines and they should Follow them period and its clear that is not happening. Instead of getting lawyers to “WIN” something your entitled to any way it would seem ( if you finally get approved) a lawyer needs to go after them  and sue them for not following the law!

      • todd

        i agree .. im still waiting and waiting .. wish i could find out either way .. this is so stressful with my lower back injury from the doctor i see in her statement it even says cant sit long periods of time cant stand long periods of time , has a hard time diving long periods of time .. i can not preform the work task i could before i was injured .. i have been waiting since feb 8th 2012 .. call my lawyer and they say nothing and that just stresses me out more .. she says even if she did call the hearing office they dont tell them anything . the longer i wait i guess the more chance i didnt win my case true ?
        if anyone out there could shed a lil light on this and maybe help me through the stress of this would be grateful .. all the reading i do on the internet there is so much mixes info , some places say yes others say no i have no idea ..

  • Karen Greenstein

    To those of you who have been following this thread, I want to let everyone know that 13 months after my hearing (in New Mexico) I was finally approved for full benefits.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Congratulations, Karen!

  • BrendaKay

    Hi Tom, I had my hearing on March 13, 2012 during my hearing the judge had asked if I would feel comfortable in changing my aod to another date that is directly after my unemployment ended. Also the VE told the judge there are no jobs that I could work. Does this sound to be good or bad?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Since I don’t know your case I can’t tell you. I’ve written about judges asked to amend the AOD: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/08/what-if-the-judges-wants-me-to-amend-my-alleged-onset-date/

      And the impact of unemployment here: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/03/how-do-unemployment-benefits-affect-a-social-security-disability-claim/

      Sometimes, judges view trying to get Social Security disability benefits for the same time a person got unemployment as “double dipping.” The regulations allow it, but they give the judge wide discretion.

      • BrendaKay

        Tom, The only reason I was getting unemployment was after my husband and I were married, my husband had gotten a job in another state and I had to quit my job and I got unemployment.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          It sounds like you are saying you were on unemployment for non-medical/non-disability reasons (stopped working because of relocation). Social Security can pay disability benefits if an individual is unable to work due to a disability. If an individual stops working for other reasons (moving, laid off, taking care of a family member), Social Security will likely have difficulty approving disability benefits during that time frame.

          • BrendaKay

            I do have a disability and I don’t want ssdi for the time I was on unemployment. I know that disability is for disabled. I do understand that I most likely won’t get disability for the time I was on Unemployment.

      • BrendaKay

        Tom, Also on my conditions, there was a VE at the hearing and the judge asked due to my conditions is there any jobs that I could do within the national and local economy and he said there are no jobs at all. I filed in 2010 and my hearing with the ALJ was in March 2012. This is when the judge asked me to explain about the unemployment and then asked if I would change the AOD. I don’t understand how the back pay works. Ugh, such a confusing program for the back pay !!!! By the way Tom, Thank you for helping all of us understand the events that we have to go through with the SSA, Your time for me is very appreciated !!! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrdeliciousos Tearra Jenkins


  • Cutie5_0

    Yes!..I GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….Thank You Lord And TomaszStasiuk For Being Such A Postive, Informative Social Security..;)

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Congratulations! And thank you for the kind words!

  • Bre

    So far as of today it has been 107 days since my hearing with the ALJ. After reading all the post and info, it appears that I have been denied. Can you tell me what do I do to appeal the decision at the Appeals Council?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Whoa! Don’t just assume that you have been denied. You can give the hearing office a call to see if a decision has been issued. The number is on the notice of hearing. If you no longer have that, you can always just call the SSA 800 number 1-800-772-1213 (however, they do not always have the most up to date information).

      If a decision has been issued less than 10 days ago, the decision may still be in the mail. If it has been longer, let the hearing office know you have not received it.
      If an appeal is necessary, check out this: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/10/i-was-denied-at-hearing-what-do-i-do-now/

  • http://www.facebook.com/WOLFGANG59 David Brewer

    Seen ALJ early Oct. 2011, durning the meeting ALJ asked, the work specialist if employment could be fount an emfatic” NO”. So, but still she ALJ stated that the two years that you worked would be ” concedured trial work period”. That the back pay would reduce your back pay. So, what do you think of this situation? It has been twenty years in the making. Title 6 and title 16. I’m a totally disable veterans well over !00% but this took over great period of time. I had to do everything myself. I want to go to federal court. I have been discriminated way to long.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi David.

      You don’t mention what the outcome of the hearing was.

      If you are still within the appeal period, you may still be able to file an appeal. It is even possible to appeal a partially favorable decision if an individual feels a fully favorable decision should have been issued. However, I would strongly recommend reviewing the decision with a lawyer before appealing a partially favorable decision.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tammy.michael.16 Tammy Michael


    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Tammy, I’m sorry about your dog and everything else that is piling up on you.

      From what you describe, it looks good. However, the best person to make an assessment is your lawyer. S/he knows the case and was there at the hearing. If your lawyer is signed up with the SSA ERE system, s/he can check the electronic file to see if a decision has been issued. Since there is often a 10 to 14 day gap between the decision being entered and it being received in the mail, this provides an early look at the decision.

      However, if a decision has not been issued, there is not much that can be done to “hurry the judge along.” The average time for a decision is between 45 to 90 days. As of this writing, you are just on the cusp of the 90 day mark. So, a decision may be issued shortly.

      If there is no decision in the file, you or your lawyer can call the hearing office (not the local SSA office) to ask for the status. However, hearing office provide minimal information (in writing, with a decision writer, closed and in the mail, etc).

      Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer. Good luck Tammy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.reidout Jaesean Reidout

    I had my atty’s to apply on my behalf in January 2011

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimkeithline Kim Reese Keithline

    I have a hearing coming up and am very nervous my lawyer said I have a lot of medical evidence which is great and all my dr’s are on my side so he says I have a very good case but my question is I see everyone talking about a VE and Medical expert at the hearing do you ever meet them before? On my denial letter SS put that they didn’t think I could do my current job or any other job that I have had but they thought I could do something although that wasn’t stated in the letter what that might be does this factor in?

  • nessa

    i had my hearing really didnt understand it but they asked the ve if i could do any jobs she said yes light duty work no more than 6 hours and said i cant do my past work anymore. they further went on to talk about other stuff i didn’t understand but then she said you would get your decision in the mail in45-60 days i asked the lawyer what she thought she said it can go either way i just wanted to know what you think i have bi poplar and ptsd and i have glaucoma and cataract and neuropathy corridal optic damage to my left eye traumatic i dont know i am just anxious driving me crazy

  • j.f.robertson

    i had hearing on Aug 23 2012 ,it been 1 mouth 2 week ,the judge have it h=in her heads how long do it take for they get back to me?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      In my experience in Colorado, it often takes between 30 to 90 days for the decision to be issued. However, each case, and each judge, is different.

  • j.f.robertson

    i had hearing ,alj was say all this thing ,the judge was shoot him down all job he was saying to the judge.my lawyer say it went good for me an now judge it looking oven it now ! the hearing was Aug 23 how long can it take ????

  • NVChris

    My case for back pay and benefits for Bipolar, anxiety and ptsd started over 2 and a half years a go. Back in my lawyer and I attended the hearing and 2 month later the judge sent me to a pysc doc after the hearing. to me that is back wards, I should have been sent prior so all the info was there for him. I live in NV and from experience NV is difficult to aquire anything period, even food stamps. I am now almost going on 3 yrs and have worked only a few times just to get by, but now I am mentally unable. I have tried free care but it takes 4-6 mos for service and free meds. I have gone 3 yrs without my meds and proper doc appointments and quiet frankely, i am at my witts end! My latest doc evlauation by the state is now in front of the judge, but I guess they dont care that some of us are actually sick and need the help asap. Is this normal?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I don’t practice in Nevada. You mention that you have a lawyer. Why not ask him/her if your experience is normal in Nevada.

  • nozysue58

    hi i was wondering did u ever get ur disability? reading most of these stories,it can be distressing.i live in tx,filed for my disability on 8-10-2011,got the denials,then went in front of alj .judgeon 10-5-2012.the judge was from louisiana,because tx was so backed up.i have worked sense i was 16 yrs old.most of my work in my older yrs was taking care of the elderly so, with my age and heavy lifting my back is worned down,plus other issues have appeared degenerative disc disease.fibromyalgia,neurothapy,diabetes and somemore things.I have noticed more drug addicts,drunks,illiterate people get disability well,the one that is paid by the state because they havent worked enough to earn credits.I have pd my credits,and no i need help,if the state can fix me,then i would love to go back to work..ty nozysue58

  • http://www.facebook.com/djpaulandmike Paul Freed


    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      As noted in the post, it often takes between 45 to 90 days for benefits to be paid out after the decision. However, there are two kinds of “bench decisions.” There is the kind where the oral decision is the final decision. There is also the kind where the oral decision simply tells you how the judge is going to rule in a paper decision (to be completed later). If a paper decision is to follow, the 45 to 90 days doesn’t start until the the paperwork is in.

  • Adam Ryan

    Aloha. I had my hearing this Monday and was told they would get a fully favorable decision out me as soon as they possibly could. They agreed with the onset date of oct 2010. So am I correct in assuming I will receive ALL backpay and my monthly payments? I’m really hoping I get this approval letter in the next 2 weeks. I can’t survive another 3 months waiting.

  • Mr. Brodie

    I have had my hearing and am waiting on the decision. The place where I was employed for 28 years has been paying me long term disability. I have two questions: 1) how do I know how much I will receive each month (will it be less than my company has been paying?)
    and 2) I see all these comments about back pay. I assume I won’t see any back pay since my employer has been paying long term disability to me but how does this work? Do I just tell my employer and they stop my disability pay?

  • Alainia

    Hey so I had my hearing mar 21St and due to my lawyers laziness the judge got the additional info on June 3Rd and on June 18th made a decision June 21 St I called 4 times the 800# where I got two ppl saying approved one saying denied and one saying it’s not in the system yet I HAFTA wait for it in the mail so I called the USSR office she said I don’t see the decision in the computer you’ll HAFTA wait so IM like oh lord Jesus I applied for ssi Dec 2010 I have we’ll documented records my illness has been going on since I was a child and got really bad in 2006 at the hearing he said he was ready to make his decision but had to evasgaluate my sga for work I have done as I have 17 point thus far but I didn’t apply for ssdi what’s your take on this

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi, Alainia. If your lawyer uses the SSA electronic Appointed Representative / Electronics Records Express system, s/he should be able to access your SSA file and see what the decision is. Good luck!

  • Paul Freed


  • kevin215

    hi my name is kevin,i had my ssi hearing may 28th 2013,my disabilities are ,arthritus in right knee,absent acl in right knee,major depression,asthma,insomina,hiv positive.the alj ask the ve 2questions,i dont remeber the 1st question but the ve responded with jobs i can do,2nd question the alj asked will i be able to perform these jobs or any job if my rfc states i cant stand/sit no longer than 2-4hrs,the ve said no,that will exclude me from all work,the judge says she will hav a decision in 2weeks. my lawyer not telling me enough but he said my hearing went well…. does it seem like i have a strong case an can possibly be awarded???

  • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Trust your lawyer, s/he knows your case and was at the hearing. Social Security disability cases are about the details: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/

  • david

    My son was denied 2 times for ssi and hired an attorney in june. We received a letter stating his hearing is in sept. Seeing it was granted so quickly, is this a good or bad sign

  • ardra

    A Lawyer wouldn’t take me, said they didn’t think they could win so I just said forget it wasn’t about to keep calling lawyers. I took 2 witnesses it was July 17. The hearing last about 45 minutes at the end the vocational expert was asked could I do my passed job? She said no, He said what others jobs can she do? She said cleaning, factory and housekeeper? He said missing 4 days a work a month in her condition can she work.? She said no its no jobs she can do. And that was it, he thank the witnesses for being his eyes and ears and said have a good day….I did bring all my medication with me which was 3, migraines, ptsd social anxiety meds. judge wrote the name of the meds I was taking down . He was really nice. So I want to know if the vocational expert said that there is no jobs you can do is that a good thing?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Adra,

      It is a good thing if the vocational expert (VE) says there are no jobs available. However, the judge often gives multiple hypotheticals to the VE. Some allow for some work, others preclude all work. It is up the the judge to then decide which hypothetical (and response) to use in the decision.

      I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

      • ardra

        I received a letter saying he received my medical records
        and his going to make a decision in 10 days if he doesn’t hear from me for a supplemental hearing. I’m assuming that doesn’t mean I got denied, I’m just not getting a fully favorable decision if I get approved.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          What you describe is simply procedural. If there is new evidence, there is the possibility to have a supplemental hearing. In my opinion, it does not suggest any particular outcome. Stay strong!

    • princess

      Hi i just went to my hearing in sep 24th 2013 an the ve said the samething too me.an i wnted to knw did u get a decision yet?an wut was the decision….

  • tgr

    hello had my hearing in NJ may 31st 2013…still no decision as of 8/12/13 per the newark nj office..my attorney says all 5 of my different doctors reports were very thorough with at least 2 i think it was proving that the condition met the social security definition of disabled..he felt very confident it seemed..he has been practicing 40 plus years..that made me feel a little better…but was wondering why still after 2 and a half months still no decision? is it a backlog issue or is it a denial ?? cant handle another issue really..its hard enough being ill.the ve said no jobs also..and the judge said my testimony was very good..my attorney asked him to consider the 2 reports which showed i meet the ssa’s def of disabled into his decision making i believe..and the judge said yes he will..not sure if that was just a hint or not…

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi TDR. I know the wait can be very difficult. However, what you describe sounds very good. If your lawyer thinks things look good, then I would not worry. Sometimes, there are backlogs in getting decisions out. Some judges are also just slower than others when it comes to getting decisions out. So, who know! Hang in there. It should not be much longer. :)

      • t

        where can i get some kind of income while my disability is pending in augusta ga?

  • pandamorris

    I was denied in June for SSI, appealed online and received notice today that the judge found me fully favorable for SSI. I applied in March of this year. I have several qualifying conditions. Now I just wonder how long it will take to move to the next step, also my husband works, so I am wondering how that may affect things. :/
    Any advice would be helpful!

  • charles duncan

    I got a verbal approval granting me disability and backpay a month ago in atlanta ga from a federal judge and today i recieved a letter from social security denying my claim. What should i do and is this normal?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Have you talked to your lawyer about what happened? There is a lot if information missing in your question. You need someone who knows the history of your case, the issues at the federal level, what the federal decision required SSA to do, and the reasons SSA denied the claim. Without knowing all of those things, it is impossible to guess what the next step should be. So, talk to your lawyer. If you did not have a lawyer at the federal level, you may want to strongly consider getting one. That’s the best I can tell you. Well, that, and keep an eye on the deadline.

  • Julie Jo Koehler

    Hi Tom, I had a hearing 37 days ago where the ALJ ruled favorably. I’ve called the local office and found that the decision writer has finished the writing and editing but it’s still sitting on his desk and not yet given to the ALJ for review. I know some of the ssa employees were furloughed during the shutdown, but not the decision writer on my case, I was very lucky, one of the last cases to get assigned before the shutdown. I’m in AZ. I already have direct deposit set up. I know it happens often that some people get the $ backpay deposited even BEFORE the decision letter reaches them. How much faster will my case make it through the payment center that I’m already set up? And what is your best educated guess of WHEN I will hear something. The local office of course can’t guess-it’s just been SO LONG (almost 4 years) and I’m so sick and I’m so broke. I have systemic lupus-while I’m grateful that this is here for me I can’t tell you how anxious I am to have it all done and over and get some needed help. Thanks, Julie

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Short answer: no idea (beyond what is the post). There are a lot of variables here including how long it will take the judge to sign the decision (that is the big unknown) to which kind of SSA you are applying for SSDI (processed at a regional payment center) and/or SSI (processed at the local office). Generally, cases are paid out from 14 to 90 days after the ALJ signs the decision. But, nothing starts until that single event happens.

      At least you know the outcome, though. Right? There is some consolation there.

      • Julie Jo Koehler

        True. It’s for SSDI, no SSI. It’ll be processed locally. Just getting antsy. Thanks for the fast reply! JJ

  • t

    where can i get some kind of income while my disability is pending in augusta ga?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      States often have programs which provide “interim assistance” for individuals applying for Social Security benefits. The programs go by different names in different states. Contact your local Department of Social Services/Department of Human Services for more information. Good luck!

  • mickel

    I had my hearing last week. The judge only posed 1 hypothetical question to the VE which resulted in “no jobs”. Do I take that as the hearing went well? My lawyer was awful, making mistakes, the lawyers nerves were more shot than my nerves were.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Mickel. Generally speaking, getting only one hypothetical which results in no jobs is a good sign. It suggests the judge is giving the VE a softball pitch. Just keep in mind that a disability case isn’t about one thing, it is everything that is in your file.

      Sorry about your lawyer. That sucks.

  • deena

    hired a attorney went before a judge hearing on Oct 9th 2013 got all med records in had been denied twice before this hearing suffer from ptsd depression back injuries knee injuries supportive records from my mental and physical doctors whats my chances in a favorable decision and how long will this decision take

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Deena, your lawyer is in the best position to discuss how your hearing went, your chance of success and processing times in your area. Ask him/her. :)

  • prissana

    I had my hearing in September 2013 which a VE was suppose to be present but wasn’t. The hearing was no more than 15 mins & as of now I have not yet heard from them. I called the SSA to check the status of my claim & was told that the judge have made his decision & it is sitting in the office. I will possibly receive the letter by the end of next month. What does all this mean? Thank you.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Prissana, it sounds like the decision is just awaiting the judge’s signature. After that, you will receive a copy in the mail. That may happen in 10 to 30 days (as a rough estimate).

  • joe

    I just want to know what kind of paperwork would my lawyer have to sign after my ssid hearing that is what the ssa told me the judge sent my paperwork to him to sign but what is he signing anybody know ?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Well, you can certainly ask your lawyer. Anything else is just guessing. My guess is that it may be a 1696 appointment if representative form if you had a different person at the hearing compared to who originally signed a 1696.

  • gina

    It took only 5months
    For my hearing for.its been 2mont sens my hearing, I was wondering how long it talk to hear anything on it ?

    • gina

      Typo take

  • steve

    I had my hearing on nov. 15 of last yr and still haven’t heard a word from disability and the expert witness that disability provided on their behalf agreed with my lawyer that I was disabled…just wondering why these judges drag their feet…are they just lazy at times…as of today is my 70th day since the hearing in indy..but the judge was in w. va…it was a video hearing…does this slow things down?…and is the judge bound to what their expert witness says at the hearing….thanks

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Steve. If you haven’t asked your lawyer these questions, you really should. Lawyers get to know the judges they practice in front of, their moods, their pet peeves and the little signs they give which give at least some insight into how they are looking at a case. Video hearing do not necessarily slow anything down. It is not unusual for a case to take 45 to 90 days to get a decision. And your case is right there in the middle of that time frame. Good luck!

  • Josephs327

    It’s been over 160 days from my hearing date I have not received a response. I’ve called the SS office directly and they’ve told me judge has not made a decision. I called my lawyer he says he can’t force judge to make decision… I am going for my second back surgery and really need the money. What can I do???

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It is possible to complain to your member of Congress who can push SSA to speed up the processing. However, there are pros and cons: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2008/10/should-you-get-your-congressperson-involved/

      • Josephs327Jooooo

        Thanks for the info, what can I tell the lawyer to move on it? I did speck to the judges assistant on December 3, 2013 and she said I should have answer no later then Jan 15, 2014…. That days has pasted and I still have no answer

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Just talk to your lawyer about it. On the rare occasion my clients do this, they will go go down to the Congressperson’s local office until they can be seen. Being there in person make a bigger impression than a phone call. But, talk to your lawyer first to see if it is a good idea in your case.

  • Datrebor

    I started disability about 3 years ago. Turned down 3 times. Saw a judge beginning of Dec last year called in March to find out and heard the judge decided end of Feb. Said it could be 60 days to hear. Found there is no light duty jobs in my area so its sedentary. He asked if I ride my motorcycle and I don’t. Do you think having a motorcycle will hurt my chance? Or that I work about 17 hrs/week hurt my case? I don’t like it but have to pay bills some how.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It depends on the nature of your disability and what your medical records say. For example, a person claiming any kind of spinal problems (DDD, DJD, disc bulge, herniation, s/p fusion, laminectomy, etc.) riding a motorcycle might suggest an ability to do work. This is not because riding a motorcycle is a work-like activity, but because it is often an optional form of transportation and one that is more physically demanding than other choices. I can’t tell you how your case will turn out. Cases are never just one thing. They are everything that is in your file and how it all fits together. Good luck!

      • Datrebor

        Can you tell me why should it matter if I use a cane to help me walk that was only recommended by a doctor and one that was prescribed to me by a doctor? Why should that get me denied disability? Also if its legal that I can do some easy work under 20 hours per week that it would count against me. I don’t know of any other way to pay bill if I can’t collect disability. As to the motorcycle I have a Jeep wrangler that is a lot harder on my back then the Shadow Spirit motorcycle is.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Use of a cane can be useful in a disability case as it may show a limitation in the ability to stand and walk as well as limiting carrying to only one hand (while standing or walking) due to using the cane with the other hand. I have never seen the use of a cane used as a basis of denying a claim. It is just another factor in the assessment of abilities and limitations.

          • Datrebor

            I was told that the judge was upset that I brought in the cane to the hearing when it was not prescribed to my by a doctor and it was a deciding factor in denying my disability claim. Is it Legal to make that decision based my cane not being prescribed to me?

          • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            Yeah, an assistive device without a prescription may look to the judge to be a prop. And that can cause problems. It is often important to provide a prescription to Social Security to avoid just this kind of issue.

            I am not going to make any statement of legality of the consideration of the use of a cane. I do not offer legal advice nor make legal opinions in comments.

          • Datrebor

            Would a recommendation by a doctor be as good as a prescription so the cane can’t be considered a prop?

          • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            Possibly. However, you have indicated that your case was denied. There are time limits for filling appeals. Frankly, I doubt the cane was the only issue in denying your case. I strongly encourage you to get legal representation to address all the issues in your case and protect your rights. :-)

          • Datrebor

            My lawyer is looking at different angle to see if it would be better to repeal or better to refile. Depends of which way was better to disability and medical help. Giving up back pay would be worth it if I am assured to get disability and medical help.

  • Ken

    I called the “ODAR” to get a status on my decision as my hearing was 90 plus days ago, the person from Social Security told me to contact my lawyer I did they have not heard anything do they do that often

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      If you are asking how often lawyers (or their staff) call ODAR to check on the status of a decision, the answer is next to never.

      If you are asking how often ODAR tells claimants to call their lawyers instead of ODAR to get status updates, that is fairly frequent.

      The thing is, just as ODAR is not telling claimants anything, they are not telling claimant’s lawyers anything either. ODAR might say the decision is “pending review,” “in writing,” “awaiting the judge’s signature,” or similar. However, this does not tell either the claimant, or their lawyer, how much longer it will be. Effectively, all this tells a claimant is that they have not missed the decision and they will get it when they get it.

      In the meantime, the claimant and the lawyer wait. Neither has any real information about how much longer it will be.

  • whitetiger101101

    I received a favorable decision from the judge in Dec 27 2013 its now April 3 2014 the letter says I was approved too receive back pay June 2 2006 until now but I still haven’t received any thing or any other notices I called and was told its still at payment center I was told minimum days is 60 and the long term the anybody’s guess

  • Mike D

    I have Degenerative Spondylolisthesis,
    spinal stenosis,
    osteochondritis in both knees and right shoulder,
    grade 1 and 2 disc degeneration disease and SEVERE depression.. And layman terms I have something like 11 fragmented vertebrae 4 ruptured disc 3 herniated disc two very bad knees, I have had two surgeries on my knee.. All of this and I am only 41, majority of what I have is juvenile.. I HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY HEARING MAY 7, 2014 DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT THE ODDS ARE THAT I WILL GET SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY??? GRRR Sorry for the caps locks, I did not know it was on…

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Mike, everything you say could certainly qualify an individual for Social Security disability. However, it is not about what a person says they have. Cases are won and lost based on what the records show a person has and how it impacts their ability to work.

      In your case, you do not have a lot of time until your hearing. If you do not have a lawyer helping you, I suggest you get one. A lawyer can help go over your file to determine if there is good documentation of your conditions and the resulting workplace limitations. And if not, a lawyer can help you figure out what can be done to shore up your case.

      Good luck, Mike!

      • Mike D

        I have a lawyer plus I sent an email to Congressman Schock of Illinois and they emailed me back saying they will do what they can with trying to help me get disability but I have to send one of those privacy act forms and first which I plan on doing tomorrow… I will be honest with you I do believe if I do not get disability that would probably be the death of me, I have two kids and a wife as of right now we are barely and I mean barely making it so the disability will help I already feel like a burden to my family.. As bad as it sounds I would rather be homeless rather than drag down my family financially… Thank you for your input by the way mr.. Tom

  • Kmaert01

    My husband has RSD resulting from a DVT in September of 2011. He has constant pain in his right ankle which worsens considerably if he is on his feet more than an hour or two. Pro-longed periods of standing and walking also lead to severe swelling in his ankle and a tightening in his calf. and sometimes thigh. He takes a nerve medication for the pain along with amnitripeline (sp) at night. He also has Leiden Factor 5 mutation and the Doctor tells him that he can’t drive longer than 2 and a half hours without getting out and walking for at least 30 minutes. He has to elevate his ankle several times through the day to help control swelling. He has been denied disability in the application phase and the reconsideration and their reason was that “while he does seem to have some difficulty he can do work that is less physical ie. does not involve climbing or stooping.” I was shocked by this because I know there is no way he can stand for more than two hours out of a day and he can’t sit at a desk all day either. His medical file is over 500 pages long and he has been transferred from the neurologist who was treating his pain to a pain specialist so visits are picking up again. What is the likelihood that we will be able to make an ALJ understand that my husband is just not capable of working a regular job? He gets high on his meds and I even stopped allowing him to drive our daughter to school because he is so high in the mornings. I know he can’t work and he knows he can’t work but if we can’t convince the judge we are in trouble.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It certainly sounds like your husband has a number of serious disabilities and is rightfully applying for Social Security disability. However, the chances depend on the evidence. If he does not have one already, I strongly recommend hiring a good attorney to help him review the case, address any possible problems, and get it ready for a hearing. Good luck to you both!

  • D Kidd

    I have a question. The judge didn’t verbally say I won, but I knew I won because I won on the grids. My lawyer told me I won….The VE said there were no jobs because I had a specific job where the skills didn’t transfer to anything. The lawyer said “just grid him out,” the judge said “with the amended on-set date when he turned 55.” I knew I won. So, what kind of time frame is there to get the “official” decision? It was like a silent bench decision…..I made that up, but that’s what it was.

  • Ivan4032012

    I applied for disability 3 years ago.. I have several mental disabilities including depression, anxiety, bipolar, social anxiety disorder. I have been seeing a psychiatrist for 2 years now and social security has all of my records. I had my hearing and it only lasted about 20 minutes. The judge request a VE be present but the VE didn’t show up. My question is.. Is it a bad thing that the VE didn’t show up for the hearing or could it possible help me win my case? Also can the judge still make a decision without the VE there? And is a bad thing that the hearing only lasted about 20 mins?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      A VE is sometimes necessary to support certain kinds of denials. So, the absence of a VE is sometimes an appealable issue. The rest of is just trying to read the tea leaves.

  • Mani195574

    I had my hearing January 28th, 2014.. the vocational expert stated I could not work anymore. I had 3 TIA’s back to back, I suffer from crippling arthritis, and panic attacks.. even though I had my hearing, the judge did not make a decision right there and then, due the to the fact that my lawyer didn’t have all my medical records from out of state.. I live in Texas.. The Judge wanted medical records from 2010 that’s when my problems started, and I filed 2012.. to make a long story short, the judge gave my lawyer 30 days to get them. as of today it has been 3 months and nothing, not even my lawyer has called me and I don’t want to pressure them so I am playing the waiting game!! do you think the Judge wanted 2010 medical records to see if back pay from then?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Call your lawyer. It has been about 120 days since the hearing. It’s not “pressuring” to expect to have some idea of what is going on in your case. Good luck, Mani!

      • Mani195574

        Thanks for your quick response.. I called my lawyer and she said that it was on a pre-review it was sent back to judge, and that hopefully it won’t take long.. I hate to say this but my attorney is a not a very communicative person.. didn’t give me the chance to ask what was a pre-review.. does that mean that its on its final stage? thanks for wishing luck!!

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          “Pre-review” sounds like it was out to a decision writer (or possibly a staff attorney) for work-up of a draft decision and is back to the judge for review.

  • bdiane34

    I was hoping you could give me your opinion as well. I had my hearing just last week, I have anxiety so I am stressing over this big time. The judge verified all documents submitted, who i was address etc. verified my past employment what I did at the job on some of them. She verified my onset date. Then gave the hand over to my attorney, she asked my multiple questions about my disabilities, medications, side effects etc. After I answered them. The judge asked the VE if I can do my previous work, she said NO. then asked the first hypothetical which made no sense to me as It didn’t even apply to me. Or hardly anybody who is disabled. If someone my age, prev work exp. which was semi skilled, mix of sedatary/light who could work 6 hrs a day walking, standing, bending, crawling, stooping, and lift up to 10 lbs was there any jobs available. Now I am dumbfounded at this point cause I am thinking how in the world do you think I can do any of those things or even half of them. I have chronic inflammatory issues, Osteoarthirits in my knees, ankles and shoulders, I am obese which makes the arthritis worse, I have many many more conditions edema with swelling, anxiety. High blood pressure, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I could go on, but I have been seeing 2 doctors for almost 4 years over these issue, I take meds daily I am 37 and am on 11 meds a day, some I take 2x a day. Pain meds, anxiety, BP etc. I have tons of medical records to back it all up. So after the VE says well there are…. she named off 3 jobs, all were suppose to be where my skills could be transfered too. Some kind of sorter, a documents preparer I cant remember the 3rd, All 3 jobs had no more than between 15K – 150K nationwide. and between 508-1019 in my state. So the AJL asked her would these jobs require any additional skills to do, She says nooooo……well they may require her to learn a new software or program. So then the AJL says. Ok Hypothetically you take such person same age, exp. etc. and they have to be able to elevate their legs for 30 min. at a time multiple times throughout the day, Take frequent bathroom breaks, And may have to miss many days of work due to medical reasons, Is there any jobs for them? The VE says NO, and there has not been any reported within the last 15 yrs nationwide. The Judge says ok, then asks my attorney if she has any questions for the VE and my attorney says, no your honor I think you just asked them all for me. So the judge thanked me for coming and dismissed us. The attorney says that she is moderately optimistic and she don’t normally see a ALJ talk the VE down to a No like that, She thinks we have a good chance. But she did say, nothing is ever certain and it could go either way. I feel positive about it. But because of the first hypo question she asked I worry that she didnt put any restriction on it but to not lift more than 10 lbs. The second one had heavy accomadations and sounded more like my conditions. Do you think this was a good hearing, and my chances are good? I know its hard to give an answer like this, but It seems the jobs that she did provide during first hypo. were not in significant numbers and she even said I may have to learn programs or software, which to me means I would have to learn a new skill to do them am I right? Wouldn’t that make them jobs not even a possiblity too? Sorry for such the long rant. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Diane,

      Your summary suggests the case should be approved. But, decisions turn on everything in your case file and the presentation of the case at the hearing. I haven’t seen your file and I wasn’t there. But your attorney should know your file and was there. So, ask for his/her take on the pros and cons of your case and how the judge seemed to be responding to the case.

      Good luck!

  • kelli kirk

    I called the ODAR office yesterday and I was informed that a decision has been made and mailed. Does this mean it was mailed from the office where the hearing took place???? If it was mailed from their office I should have in 3 days at the longest but I am not sure of the process.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Kelli, I have seen decision with one date on the decision, postmarked 3 days later, and actually received 8 days after that. That can happen if the decision is sent from back east and has to come all the way to my home state in Colorado. Local mail, postmarked the same day, I often receive in 2-3 days.

      If you have a lawyer, they can access the decision in the electronic case file. You may consider trying that route.

      Good luck, Kelli!

  • kelli kirk

    I received my decision yesterday – Fully Favorable!!!!!!! Finally, it is over.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Congratulations Kelli!

    • marcel

      Hello kelli im waiting on my descision i gotta question i know every case is different my VE said no to both my judge hypotheticals is that good did yo VE lady say no to your hypotheticals im very nervous

      • kelli kirk

        Yes, he did.

  • Meenah

    Hello i had my hearing june 4, the judge left my case open for 14 days because they didnt have the up to date medical records but we still had the hearing based on the medical recdords from 2012 and my husband was allowed to speak because my lawyer felt it would be best and i spoke as well.the VE said”i couldnt work and my lawyer felt my husband as well as myself did an excellent job and said she believes the judge will find me fully favorable. its been a long journey since 09 i just wanna pretty much know do you think my lawyer is right?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      The best person to tell you how the hearing went is your lawyer. Anyone else is guessing.

      • marceldeon

        I know & understand each case is different but can u just give me your opinion..Okay 1st my judge seemed happy & jolly im 40 yrs old with just a g.e.d did only factory and fast food work,, i have transverse myelitis (similar to MS) i see a pschoatrist for depression i ranged mild depression..N ow my hearing lasted 15 minutes judge questioned me lawyer questioned me, then the VE lady started listing alot of regional and local available jobs, so then the judge gave 2 hypotheticals and the VE said its no work on both hypotheticals then the judge ended the hearing…what are my chances?

      • meenah

        Well she thinks it went very well :-) thank you.

  • marcel

    I’m sitting here beating the hell out myself: I’ll tell why & hopefully

    it will benefit someone…

    I had my hearing 6/11/14

    The reason im beating myself up is i feel i didn’t do or say enough

    to express the pain i go through i mean i explained the kind of pains and where

    but i didnt express it like as i sit here saying i should have…

    Now my different pains can hit me at once & i didnt tell him that

    my leg sometimes get weak and i didnt tell him that (figuring he knows)

    He asked the level of pain & do it gets higher i believe i did good on that..

    I really didn’t express how my condition affected my life…

    I brought a unprescribed cane & he asked me about it..He said what it’s use?

    then as when i was about to answer it, he answered it for me.(he said oh its for some kind of reason that i cant remember

    H e asked how my house was built as far as stories…i told him upstairs, downstairs & basement & now again i think about

    it i should of told him i only use 1 floor & i also told him how i had 1 of my episodes

    i layed down & fell asleep and the upstairs caught fire because i was cookin some chicken

    & forgot & fell asleep… He said wow!! i told him now i dont cook and i only fix simple meals…

    He of course asked about my limitations i think i did good on that,,then what was really

    tripping me out was he asked how much can i lift again as i was about to answer he answered it for me

    He said what about a gallon of milk,,i said yes..Now mind you that wasnt the 1st question he answered for me

    I’m rattling my brain wondering why. Could it be he wants to approve me & needed me to say the right things, i dont know..

    then after the questioning he turned to the VE and she was a very nice lady she started talking about jobs nationally and regionally

    then the judge asked her a hypothetical & she said its no jobs..Then he asked her another

    hypo again she said no jobs..Then the judge asked my attorney did he have any ?’s he said no

    then my lawyer asked me was anything i left out..again i choked and said no…

    Then he concluded the hearing..I asked can i speak he said yes & i thanked him for being so nice…He said its no use

    being mean to people & said i know you been waiting 2 years so ill try to get you a decision quick as possible. He told me havge a great day..

    Now in my eyeS:

    BAD POINTS: I didnt express myself enough…the cane may have hurt

    my age (40)..doctors said i have mild depression (score 60-65)

    GOOD POINTS: The judge was nice…the VE said no to both hypotheticals..

    litte education (g.e.d)….little job experience

    These are tips i know you read but i will only give you tips in my exp. i know to be true

    1. never bring a unprescribed cane (judge can possibly think its a prop)

    2. If your condition only allows you to sit for only 15 minutes or so & you sit their for 20 minutes

    without getting up you are done…

    3. when u in the office be careful what you do or say you dont know who is around you

    for example…I was in the waiting room & it was a few people in their & i noticed

    some people talking things over with they client right in the waiting room.

    Now to my right was this lady just sitting their and would you know it she was the VE

    So if i would of did or said something wrong i would of been in trouble..

    So now i have that could of did more feeling and its a terrible feeling..

    So please try to express yourself..make him feel YO PAIN or you may regret it later…

    BUT also dont over do it that can be damaging also….

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      You’re right Marcel. The hearing is YOUR chance to make the judge understand what you are going through. You don’t wan’t exaggerate or minimize, but the hearing is what you have been waiting months and months for. It sounds like you got some good answers in. I hope you get approved!

      • marcel


  • Mike D

    This is my 2nd or 3rd post, my first post was me asking about my hearing after I had had one.. This is my question on why was I denied.. SSD HEARING RESULTS!
    I had a SSD hearing on May 7th 2014, in my eyes and my lawyers eyes it went very well.. The VE agreed there was no work I could do, either past work or line work or heavy or light work, he greed there was absolutely NO work I could do with my disabilities.. Hell even the hearing judge “off record after the hearing” asked if I needed help getting to my car because even though she was in Peoria she knew the building and she knew it was a long walk.. BUT, I was still denied, my lawyer said he could not believe I was denied, but he said was NOT going to help me with my appeal process.. So here I sit, no Lawyer and 60 days to appeal and I have no clue what to do!! I have a friend that works at SSD locally and he looked at my papers and said the reason I was denied “probably” was because of the amount of backpay that would have been awarded to me, how much I dont know but they said it was all the way back to 06.. Personally I don’t care about backpay I really don’t even care about front pay I just want a medical card so I can go to the doctor and get help!! But you know how lawyers operate, rightfully so, they have to get as much as they can, its their job and how they get paid… So no blame there… Does anyone have any sugestions?? I suppose it would help if I put what my disabilities were… I have a grade 1 and grade 2 disc degenerative disease.. I have spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, osteochondritis in both knees and right shoulder and Im sure you could imagine the depression… I told my attorney at the prehearing appointment we had at his office that I feared if I did not get disability I would probably go home shut my garage door start my car and go to sleep. That wasnt a joke and it wasnt an attempt to look crazy.. I am 41yo and the majority of the issues I have are juvenile so that shows how long I have been dealing with the pain, Im am tired of living with this pain, yes I know getting SSD wont stop the pain but getting a medical card or medicaid so I can get a doctors help just may.. Before I had gotten the attorney that I had another attorney told me I was worth more dead than alive when it came to my wife and kids, so be it I guess, is what I told my lawyer.. I never said any of this at my disability hearing.. I was not seeking sympathy from anybody!!!

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It’s hard (next to impossible) to tell what happened without knowing what the evidence was and how the judge treated the evidence in the decision. Only thing I can tell you is get someone else to look over the case to figure out what the problem was. You know how much time you have to appeal. Once you know what went wrong, you’ll have a clearer idea of what you should do next. And, no, offing yourself is not one of the options. Keep it together Mike, you can get through this!

      • Mike D

        When you feel like a burden to everyone its discouraging.. I am looking for help now and if I do get help from an attorney or anybody I will post my findings on here just in case somebody else is having the same situation and hopefully will help them, thank you Me. Tom.

    • marcel

      it says in the decision letter why..please dont leave nothing out because those reason(s) that he gave you can help someone else..

      • marcel

        plus other people answers can help yo appeal..dont give up i may be going through what you going through in bout a month. So share and others may share…

      • Mike D

        I was denied.. Even after the VE said there was NO job anywhere I could do.. So personally I gave up… Thank you Marcel for the reply.

  • sf

    I went before the judge april ,1st and have been going crazy. I called ssa and they said that there was a decision made and it had been on the decisions makers desk since june 5th. Is this bad?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Not necessarily. SSA moves fairly slowly. Don’t read too much into it.

  • kelli kirk

    How long should I wait to call the SSA to find out how much longer I have to wait for payments to start, it has been 3 weeks already?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      You can call any time you like.

  • Ivan4032012

    I had my hearing just over a month ago but the VE didnt show up for the hearing so at the end of the hearing the judge told me he needed to get a update of records and that he needs to speak to the VE. I got a letter saying that the judge recieved the records and that the VE had answered 2 hypothetical question, copies of all of this was in the letter. In the first hypo question the VE stated that i can do unskilled work, but in the second hypo question it asked the same question but adding the mental health issues and the VE said no. I do not understand because i am applying because of mental health issues but why would the judge ask the question without these issues. Is it a good thing that the VE said that i cant do any unskilled work due to my mental health issues? Do i have a good chance of winning my case?

  • marcel

    my condition is transverse myelitis and my ? is it states weed in my medical file, now my lawyer said not to worry because its not a contributing factor, so in your opinion is my credibility gone out the window?

  • marcel

    im waiting on a decision from the alj & i dont have much recent mental reports and the judge called my lawyer asking for my mental health reports which i do have is that a good sign or bad?

  • Joe

    Hi I had my hearing on 04/28/2014 My lawyer told me we won and today I found out a decision was made and it was in the writing process . I want to know how long will it take to get the letter I am in NYC I know it can take up to 90 days some places

  • Netta

    Hello everyone, I had my hearing with the ALJ on 6/12/14 I called on last Friday and they said the judge made a decision and I will receive in within 30-45 days. Anxiously I called today 6/24/14 and they now say the decision is being finalized and then sent to the processing center and IF I am approved the processing center will send a letter explaining monthly benefits and backpay IF I am entitled. Does this sound like an indirect way of saying I have been approved??

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Denied cases don’t go to the processing center :-)

  • tinyburns

    im waiting on a decision from the alj…now i havent seen much of any doctor in 9 months. so before the hearing i did have a chance to my nuerologist and a few appointments to the mental doctor…Now dds prepared the RFC. So my attorney managed to get the report in from the nuerologist in before the hearing. but not the mental reports. So had the hearing and judge was nice it was stated no jobs by the VE. So now im waiting. Now i only seen the clinical therapist 3 times not even been seen by the phycoitrist yet. So the only updated mental reports i have is basically from intake…Now the judge called my attorney wanting the updated mental reports.So i called my attorney and let them know i havent even seen a physcoitrist yet and my attorney said the judge just wants the updated reports.. Im thinking he is just trying to make sure im still seeking mental treatment…or i just really dont know what to make of that request…ANY IDEAS why he just only want the intake reports?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I appreciate your comments on several threads. I have not responded to your question before because I don’t know what I can tell you. From what you describe, I do not think the ALJ only wants intakes, but it may be the only psych recs available. Your atty is in the best position to give you an idea of how things look in your case.

  • disqus_a2g0SrSyUv

    My hearing was 6-25-2014. My ALJ has an 88% Fully favorable rating. My conditions are, chronic migraine, recurring inguinal hernia with 15 lbs lifting restriction (and only in a “have to” situation) obstructive sleep apnea, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, parasthesia, and fibroymalgia, I have almost 3 years of medical records to support my claims. During the first hypothetical series the VE stated there were three jobs I could do. When my lifting restriction and parasthesia were introduced the VE said there was no work. The ALJ was concerned with some unspecified white spots that showed in my brain MRI and even asked my attorney to highlight these in her final paperwork. In the end, the ALJ thanked me and I of course, thanked him for his time. He then said, “I wish I could tell you you would know something in 10 days, wish I could tell you you would know within 28 days, I’m just not sure how long it will take. My attorney seems to think things went well, but my age is what I had against me. (I am 41) Does this sound like a strong case based on what I have told you? Thank you.
    footnote: It is also important to note that the ALJ’s computer never did “boot up” during my proceedings so, he had to hand-write everything. How could this affect the outcome/ duration of the decision?

    • tinyburns

      i had my hearing 2 weeks ago so in my opinion its just a simple matter of which hypothetical the judge will put more weight too..So basically if the judge put the most weight towards your 15lb lifting restriction you will have a great shot. Judges believe what they want to, so IMO if he believes your 15lb restriction you good..

    • tinyburns

      cause credibility is key in these kinds of cases.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      A claimant under age 50 with a HS education or better generally has to show s/he cannot even do any kind of sit down job: telemarketer, information clerk, dispatcher, etc. A 15# lift limit often is not enough to remove all sedentary jobs. However, chronic pain / fibromyalgia can (if sufficiently documented) preclude full time work, which can result in a disability finding.

  • shirley7561

    I went to my daughters hearing but they said it is in post hearing review she has adhd she had tests done her iq was a 56 she is on medication she had a tova test done also the judge was waiting on the paperwork do you think she has a chance of being approved she is in special education she repeated three times she is in 2nd grade and is the only child that’s 10 years old in second grade she also has a learning disability

    • tinyburns

      i would say a u have a good shot my son who is now 19 he got it at age 6 (autism-learning disability) so i would say chances are good

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      A valid score below 59 would likely meet Listing 112.05 for Intellectual disability and would probably be approved: http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/112.00-MentalDisorders-Childhood.htm#112_05

      • shirley7561

        Thanks i have an attorney she to a tova test all scores were low and very low she scored low on her social test behavior daily activities ect.it took about five days to make a decision and it’s gone to be written up what’s next her iq was a 56 she is the only 10 year old in 2nd grade thanks for your help

  • shirley7561

    This is for tomasz my daughter’s hearing was in post hearing for 45 days after her her waiting on her paperwork from children’s adolescents and development she was diagnosed with adhd she has a learning disability she’s in special education she is 10 years old in second grade they already made a decision and the judge sent it to be written up it’s only been 7 days to mke the decision do you think we won i had alot of documentation plus she is on medication. Please respond to this post

  • Curious

    What possible reasons would the alj have to not ask the ve any questions at all ?

  • disqus_a2g0SrSyUv

    Got my approval letter yesterday, Fully Favorable!!! So happy and surprised that the ALJ made such a quick decision. I just hope it doesn’t get tied up in a bunch of red tape. It has been a long, hard 18 month wait!!!

    • shirley7561

      Congratulations how long did take to get approved i had got a decision 7 days the. Alj got my records and a day later it went to writers

  • A Chumbley

    This is for tomasz i have artritis in my spine and it hurts so bad that i can hardly walk sometime and i have more health problems,any way question is i had a hearing April 9 of this year ok so when i call the social security office the toll free number they said he looked at it own the 14 of April,but it is getting ready to be assigned to a writer what do that mean because it is going own 4 monthes is that a good thing are bad because t is taking to long

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Whether a case is assigned to a writer or not is not really telling. Most people are better off looking up their judges approval stats: http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html

      • A Chumbley

        Thank you i looked at it and he have a 148 approval and 114 denial is that good are what!

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          You have to look at total decisions and compare the amount of approvals and denials to that to get a percentage approved / percentage denied.

          • A Chumbley

            so that is bad i might not get it!!

          • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

            The approval / denial percentages are just one factor. I am more surprised it has taken 4 months just to get your case to a writer.

            Anyhow, if you have a representative, talk to him/her about what his/her thoughts are about your chances. They are in the best position to give you insight on this.

          • A Chumbley

            thank you

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Based on the numbers you provide, it looks like cases approved are at 56%.

  • shirley7561

    This is for tomaz i would like to know if you think i have a good chance of winning my daughter’s claim the judge left her case open 45 days to get her records from child an adolescents where they perform tests and diagnostic on the test everything was low very low and borderline for her testing the judge received her results in 35 days after the hearing on may 12 he made a decision 5 days later then it went to be written the next day the judge wrote me and said if he can make a decision in the first step he would not proceed with the other steps by the way they told me my letter should arrive in a couple of weeks do you think i have a chance remember my daughter is the one with the iq 56 and in special education who retained in 2nd grade only 10 years old thanks

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      As noted previously, a valid IQ score below 59 meets the children’s listing. Barring something surprising (which could conceivably be in the file), it is suggestive of an approval. Good luck!

  • angela

    Yes i have a ? i am a 25 year old female with spine L1-L4 0steopenia, regional osteopenia: osteoporosis, Frank osteoporosis and mild lumbago , multiple myalgia points left wrist tfc repair hearing loss , mental bipolor 1 disorder , ptsd . Ihad my hearing on june 4 2014 my lawter told me that he thinks it went well and was one of the best cases he has ever had i was woundering how long you think it woud take for a decision and what you think my chances of approval are ?

    • angela

      I also have a seventh grade special education

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I think your lawyer is in the best position to give you an estimate of your chances. If he says it looks good, I have no reason to disagree. Good luck, Angela!

    • angela

      Thank you I just wasn’t sure course for my age I should be a lot more healthyer

  • shirley7561

    This is for tomazs do all the cases that are finalized goes to the processing center or do the judge edit correct sign then mail out the decision

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Only approved cases go to the processing centers. The centers figure out the amount of back SSDI benefits and the amount of current SSDI benefits. The local SSA district offices process SSI benefits after a judge’s approval.

  • nicole

    I have degenerative myopia in left eye no vision in my right eye 20/100-20/200 best corrected vision what are my chances of being approved on my hearing with migrane

  • shirley7561

    This is for tomazs does the judge signs the decision if it’s a denial because all this reading i would like to know if the judge has to review and sign of on the decision is that an approval or denial indication

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Yes, at the hearing level a the judge signs the decision (whether it is an approval or a denial).

  • nikki

    What does post development mean my claim is at this stage

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Post development may refer to SSA attempting to obtain additional records or schedule a consultative examination, etc.

  • shirley7561

    This is for tomazs i’m just waiting on the judges signature the question is i called my attorney to get the status of my case and the attorney told me that they gotten an update that the decision was not made but i called the hearing office they told me that it is waiting for the judge signature and i will have the decision by the end of the month my attorney secretary told me that they didn’t supposed to have told me that information they did not tell me the decision they just told me the status is the Secretary correct or they just don’t have the updated information

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I’m not clear on who said what here. It is not unusual for the ODAR office to tell someone that the case is pending the judge’s signature. That doesn’t reveal the decision (which the hearing office will not do). An attorney may not know that the case is pending signature. From the attorney standpoint, that just means that the case still doesn’t have a formal decision.

  • Kisha

    I have been applying for disability since Sept 11 2009. I have been denied since then which equals a total of 5 times. The conditions that I suffered from at the first time I applied was sickle cell anemia and degenerative retinal macular disease. I am 35 years old with some college education. After my denial with the appeals board I attempted to go back to work. I worked for a nursing home for 2 months,retail store for 3 weeks, and a telemarketing job for 2 months. I had to resign due to reporting off because I had pain crisis all the time at least that is what I thought I was experiencing. I went to my family doctor and I was tested for an autoimmune disease which came back positive. I saw a rheumotologist 5/15/14 and was awaiting my results. In the meantime my hearing date was scheduled for 5/20/14. I was able to pick up my results the day before my hearing. We submitted the records to the judge while the hearing was going on. The results were I have osteoarthiritis, psoriatic crippling arthritis, and sickle cell. My joints in my hands, fingers, and knees are severely damaged from the arthritis. The judge was very sympathic to me but not too nice to my lawyer. The ve stated 4 different scenarios the first 2 was I could do sedentary work and the last 2 were found no work. The jobs that I did attempt to work the judge stated all unsuccessful work attempts. After the hearing my attorney stated that I probably have a 50-60% chance of winning from a 20% previously. My records show how the arthritis is damaging my joints along with progressing. He also stated that the judge could approve me at this level but he may not because due to his disposition. I looked up his approval/denial stats approval 63% denials 17% dismissed 20%. The attorney says if I do get denied this time I would reapply again and definitely win the next time. A week later I received a letter from the attorney stating the judge requested the date to go back too since I had 9/11/09 and the date of my last denial of 4/19/11. The alj stated that he would keep my case open for 7 days in order receive the form back. I called my local office today the status is hearing pending no decision yet. It has been almost 60 days since my hearing. The first hearing I had I received a decision in 2 weeks which of course was denied. Do you think that I may have a chance of winning? If you are waiting more than 60 days does that mean you may have been denied? Thank you

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Kisha, I wish I could tell you what your chances are, but I really can’t. In Social Security, a case isn’t one thing. It’s everything that is in your file and everything that happened at the hearing. Your attorney (the person who has read your file and was at the hearing) is in the best position to give you an estimate of your chances.

      • Kisha

        Thank you

  • shirley7561

    This is for tomazs my daughter was fully favorable thanks for your encouragement it is finally over and to all of you that is still fighting continue to keep fighting and trust in your attorney if you have a good on who is willing to fight for you this website gave me piece of mind and there are so significant answers here

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Congratulations! That is great news! And thank you for the kind words.

  • shirley7561

    I just received my fully favorable decision in the mail today horray all the way back to September 2009

  • shirley7561

    Do anyone know how long before the benefits start

  • Kisha

    I received my approval in the mail on July 31. Thanks goes to God for the blessing. It’s been a long hard road but it’s finally over…….

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Congratulations Kisha!

      • kisha

        Thank you so much!

  • jinxter85

    I’ve been fighting my case for 6 years now. I’ve been completely homeless, beaten up by corrupt cops, hit by lightening etc while waiting. The judge in court set an acceptable onset date of 2010. It’s been almost a month now and I’m anxious. I called the judges office and they literally said “you’re at the end” meaning the case was approved. Now I’m just waiting for the writer to send the paper work back to the judge for a signature, and off to social security office it goes.
    Being extremely nice to everyone pays out while waiting no matter how hard your day has been. And yes, I was literally hit by lightening, lol. Thanks for this forum though, you really helped me understand how the process works and who to call to see where the case it’s currently at. I’m thinking about moving over seas and collecting the rest there. I truly hope this has helped someone. Good day to you all

  • Donna Abrams

    Hi, I had my hearing way back on June 2, 2014. 10 weeks today. I am stressing more and more each day waiting for the mail and then nothing arrives. I think my orginial paperwork said it could take up to 4 months to hear an answer. for the record I have osterartitis , stage 4 kidney disease, anxiety, and depression, also insomnia and weight lifting of less than 10 pounds and well as walking with a cane. (I was hit by a car 11 years ago which is why I have all my aliment with the exception of the kidney disease).
    My ex received his approval letter way back in 1999 in only 5 years.
    I am so ready for the wait to be over.
    Any idea why it is taking so long?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Call the hearing office to find out where they are on getting your decision out (in writing, judge’s review, pending signature, etc).

      • Donna Abrams

        I called the hearing office today and I was told the decision has been made and its being processed.. Really hoping for good news.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Good luck Donna! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  • Monica Sharie Mason

    I appealed my social security decision over a yer ago and have heard nothing.I am a single mother of two children i have had Two strokes have limited physical movement and working on gaining back my motor skills. I can’t financially survive. Is there any way to find out what is going on?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      The national Social Security call line should be able to tell you: 1-800-772-1213.

      • darlene


  • Tinapetreshock

    My husband went before the ALJ on June 30th 2014 in New Jersey we found out the ALJ made his decision on July 3 2014. As of Aug 20th we had not received anything weather he was approved or not so we called our lawyer who then told us that my husbands case was pick to go to the quality review board. My husband is very upset over this we have read many sites and keep getting conflicting information such as there is a good chance that if the ALJ approved him the quality review board can overturn that and someone also told us that the quality review board looks at more approvals then denials. What has been your experience with this do you find that they do look more at the approvals also have you had many cases where the quality review board over turned the ALJ decision. Also how long does the quality review board take?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I can’t think of a single case from my office that has gone to QR and I try to keep it that way. I don’t want anything to get in the way of an approval being effectuated.

  • Jessica

    Tomasz, im 20 years old and i had a hearing that was changed so can try and find a lawyer. I tried everything and i couldnt find one so the hearing preceeded on its own. I have had depression and anxiety ocd and ptsd for the past 5 years and was in impatient for an attempted suicide attempt at 15. Now ive been recieveing ssi since i was 15 and now that im an adult they did another hearing. I also am suffering from fibromyalgia and a slipped disc in my neck a long wtih my depression getting worst. Anyways after 2 months i called the ODAR office on august 22 2014 and they guy said the judge made his decision on august 20 2014 and i recieved my money for september and i should be recieving ithe decsion in the mail. its now august 30 2014 and i recieved a letter stating that they need more information to decide if they can continue paying me my ssi and i had to call 866-331-6759. what does this mean? what kinds of information could they need? im so confused.

  • stacie with a ie….

    This is a question for tomasz.i am 41 yrs of age, I broke my neck 4 yrs ago aug. 6th. Thankfully, i am able to use my limbs and digits. I first filed for ssi in march of 2011. Im always in pain. I cant sit for more than 15 mins at a time, nor am i able to stand any longer. I have a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep because i can not get comfortable. I cant lift more than 10lbs, cant stoop, or crouch. I also suffer from bouts of mild depression. I am so scared i will be denied, i guess my question is, based on what ive just told you, what do you think my chances of an approval is?

  • Jeremy

    Hey, I have a couple of different issues going on with regards to my SSDI. I applied last year and my hearing date has been scheduled for next month. I was not expecting a hearing date to come so fast. I have two diagnosed medical conditions. One is a blood clotting disorder called, Hughes Syndrome, and the other is, Post Thrombotic Syndrome – diagnosed by a vascular surgeon. PTS is also the same as SSI’s listing for, Chronic Venous Insufficiency. The vascular doctor says they can’t operate to fix the veins in my right leg. The pain is permanent. I have a Doppler scan that shows chronic Post Phlebitic changes in the Popliteal vein – and narrowing/thickening of the vein lumen. The vein Is blocked. I have swelling, pain, and limited mobility because of this. I don’t know of the surgeon will fill out an RFC for me. The clotting disorder I have is serious in the fact that the blood doc told me that I would clot up again if I went off my blood thinners. He said with my vein being that damaged, I would clot up within ten days of discontinuing blood thinners. Then I can have another Pulmonary Embolism.
    I also suffer from chronic chest pain from my saddle PE. There are days when I literally feel like an 85 year old man. I can’t sleep at night without Norco pain meds due to the constant pain in my right leg. The only problem with my pain is that is subjective. My primary care doc doesn’t really believe my pain is coming from the damaged veins, but he continues to prescribe me pain meds. I also have had mental issues for quite some time. I have never seen a psych doctor because I can’t afford one. The only reason why I’ve recently received these other diagnoses is because of the Obamacare expansion. I otherwise would have never qualified for Medicaid. This has helped me a lot to get medical documentation, but they do not provide any mental health services.
    Last November I was sent to an SSA mental evaluation. The examining psychiatrist said that I suffer from severe anxiety disorder, organic schizophrenia, and that I was not faking my symptoms. He claims that I can show up on time to medical appointments, but not to work. The SSA was not happy with is findings and said that Organic Schizophrenia is not a definitive diagnosis. Their report says that I can no longer drive a truck (I was a truck driver that is my only for of work and I have just a GED for education)! They said that I can’t perform complex tasks, or work with co-workers. They said that I have to work in a setting away from the general public, and alone from co-workers.
    They said that I have a light restriction and that I can work as a chicken processor. The only problem with that is I can’t sit in a chair like a regular person. It hurts my leg. I spend all day sitting on a couch with both of my legs elevated to promote circulation. The vascular doc says I have over 200 valves in my leg, and they are all damaged. If I sit for too long in a regular chair, my leg swells and I develop a limp. If I stand for more than 2 hours without a break, my leg is in bad pain. I can barely climb up and down stairs, and I can’t bend down on my right knee. How do I prove all this.
    My primary doc says I can drive again, but I told him I can’t drive commercially on pain pills, and there is no way I can sit for 16 hours in the rivers seat without pain control. I don’t even drive a car – I haven’t for two years since my accident. I can see a psychiatrist and get some documentation if I can get my hearing rescheduled for a few months from now. I will just have to spend every last bit of my savings to do so, and if my case is denies, I will be completely broke. My vascular doc says that in seven years my right leg will be discolored, and I will have severe skin ulcers, Technically all I have to d is wait and I will meet SSA’s immediate listing for first time approval. I just don’t know how to get the doc’s or the judge to believe in my condition without putting them inside my body.
    There are days here and there when the pain goes down considerable, then I overwork myself and am laid up for two days. It’s like a constant roller coaster ride. If I had high doses of pain med, I might be able to work part time on my feet, but they will not give me anything more than what I’m on right now. Do you think I should risk my last bit of money to get a good mental diagnosis even though I do not have an extensive history of mental illness? Should I just let the case be dismissed and file again once I’ve had two or three more years of records to build up? Some of my mental issues stem from my chronic pain, like the suicidal thoughts and anger that I display for not being able to return to work.
    I also have type two diabetes, morbid obesity that they noted on the second appeals denial letter, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease. I know that obesity is no longer a listing on the SSA’s impairment list, but if it exacerbates an existing impairment, it can help me win my case! That is the jest of my situation. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time. Jeremy!

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Your conditions are serious, and a lot is riding on getting a good outcome. Have you gotten a good lawyer involved to help you?

      • Jeremy

        Yeah I have a lawyer on the case now, but they haven’t told me if the case is strong or not. I know my physical limitations are worse than my mental limitations. The problem I have is that two of my doctors don’t think I’m as bad as I claim to be. One is finally coming around to believing me after months of complaining, and the vascular doc knows how bad my leg is, I’m just not sure if he will fill out an RFC for me. The SSA gave me the benefit of the doubt that I was bad off, just not as bad off as I claim. There is some sort of a case there, but how much I’m not sure, I don’t know how my hearing date got sped up so fast. I figured I had another six months at least before a hearing. Maybe my lawyer thinks my case is strong and had the date pushed closer. I’m going to talk to them today and find out. I sent them my case file a month ago, the second denial where they explained their decision, my medical records, and I sent them the RFC that the SSA psychiatrist filled out. Then a month and a half later I get the hearing letter. I have bad luck with everything in my life. Like the fact that I had personal injury insurance for years until right before my accident when I quit working as a company driver and started my own company. Had I been still covered by my personal injury policy, I would have had all of my hospital bills paid for up to 1 million dollars, and 2k a month for 20 years. Maybe things will work out in the end, I really hope so. Thanks for your time Thomasz. I really appreciate it.

  • Yolanda Tamplin

    I called social security about my SSI hearing they said a decision had not been made but at the hearing the judge gave me a bench decision what could this mean

    • Datrebor

      It took close to 3 months before I heard from my hearing. I hope you get a positive response. I got turned down because I worked, under 20 hours, and for having a cane with out a prescription. I have refiled, don’t work and now have that prescription.

      • yoyYolanda Tamplin

        thanks and good luck .

        • Datrebor

          thank you I hope you get a positive decision.

      • Liz Goldstein

        why not just answer the question they asked rather than spill your entire life story?

        • Datrebor

          I did with the first part but to clarify for you 2 to 3 months is the time you should hear a decision. My entire life story? Really?

        • Faith

          Chill out Liz. Your comments are unwarranted and a waste of time quite frankly to read. These are people that are already in despair. They don’t need a comment nazi.

        • Shell

          why are you on here with your snotty remarks. Troll elsewhere.

  • donnie martin

    Hello, I was on disability for fibromyalgia, hypertension and migraines from to 2013 to May 2014. I appealed and am waiting to hear back, no later than Oct 8th I was told. I asked not to go to a hearing because I am on 8 medications for my pressure, one which is clonidine that makes me drowsy, slurred speech, and forgetfulness, that I have to take 3 times a day.. Since the decision was made in 2013, I now have renal failure, chronic fatigue syndrome, bilateral bursitis in my hips, hypothyroidism,depression,Anxiety and more things thats too much to list. and in total, I am on 17 meds for these different ailments I did send all of this information in to social security. This was in May 2014…do you think this is a good sign that they are taking so long to decide?

  • DeDe

    A federal judge remanded my case back to ALJ. I had hearing on 9/11. Judge asked for a brief and a letter from my neurologist about my Multiple sclerosis. How long does it take for a decision, since the federal judge remanded it back?

  • china

    I had an a federal disability appeal on august 2014. The outcome was that the federal court magistrate vacated the alj decision and the case was remanded back to the alj. Does that mean that my case was awarded on federal court.

    • Liz Goldstein

      why not simply look up the definition of “remanded” using google or yahoo. you are going to have to wait for a new hearing with the same judge. Ha ha.

  • china

    Do I need to go back to court again. How long does it takes now for a new court date.

  • china

    Hello can anyone help me out here.

    • china

      Can anyone answer my question please. I would appreciate.

  • Kathy

    Hi Tomasz Stasiuk, My husband had his hearing on September 2, 2014. Our legal representative was very happy and optomistic following the hearing. The Judge only asked the Vocational Expert one hypothetical question about my husband and needing to elevate his feet (RSD in the ankle causes extreme pain and swelling)…The VE said noone would hire my husband with those limitations and the judge had no further questions (Lawyer did not cross examine at that point). The ALJ was very nice and told my husband he was going to rule as quickly as possible and that he knew we’d been waiting but that it would take 3 to 4 weeks then explained why. I called our lawyer after 4 weeks and he checked the system on Oct 7 which revealed that the judge had ruled and the case had been sent to decision writer on Septermber 23. Can we expect to hear something soon? After we get a decision letter, if it’s approved, can we expect any money soon? This is so stressful and our lives hang in the balance waiting. Thanks for any help you can give.

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I can’t tell you anything more than what is written in the post. However, from what you describe it all sounds very good.

    • Des

      Hey Kathy my situation is super similar and judge said 30 days. Well aug 28 was my hearing date, went to writing very fast but now oct 13 and still waiting. This is super frustrating. I was told thats just an estimate that can fluctuate depending on how bz the writters are and or if there were mistakes that happens. Gud luck to you. Im in Oregon still waiting. .keep us posted.

      • yoyYolanda Tamplin

        I think u should hear something by November I received a bench decision and it still took 2months. So good luck praying for good news for you.

        • Kathy

          Thanks YoyYolanda and congratulations on your win!…This is a frustrating process…I hope you were able to keep your life somewhat in tact waiting through this long process…I know if there was anyway my husband could work he would…He was the main provider…that’s hard on a man but hopefully better times are coming.

    • gloria

      Ok what system can your lawyer Check to see if it has been Approved

  • yoyYolanda Tamplin

    hello everyone just giving a update. I received my fully favorable notice today . First applied in January 2011 & was turned down got a lawyer got a hearing date for August 14,2014 received my full favorable notice today which is October 14,2014 which is 2months till the date of my hearing so 2months waiting for a decision after a hearing was not bad as the 3 year wait will keep you guys updated on how long it takes to receive first payment..and the letter also said I would get back pay starting from June 2011 and that they approved the lawyer fee.. I know I said alot trying to make sure I got everything in….

    • gloria

      What State are you in and congats

  • Paris

    I missed my appointment for the ALJ and she denied me for ssi I was recieving payments in the past but since I missed this appointment due to me being in the hospital my benefits stoped for good I went for a appeal and it’s still pending I can’t work due to my complications with my diabetes I don’t know what else to do I need advice on what I should do I got denied February 14 2014 and my case is still pending its now October 15 2014 im just trying to find out what I can do about my case

  • Shamar Rich-Hall

    Attention Everyone!!! Is it just me, or after hiring an attorney and attending your disability hearing, once its over, you are so lost? I was denied SSDI four (4) times…on the fifth time I appealed, and hired an attorney. I waited 14 months for a hearing. On 10/14/14 I had my hearing, and my attorney told me that I won my case…she had met with the judge before I even entered. My application date was Mar. 2013, and the judge said that he feels my disabled state begin in Apr. 2013. My attorney and I were okay with that. The educational expert never asked me any questions at all…I’m not sure if he and my attorney spoke prior. However, I left the room with my attorney…she said that I was approved and will have to await a decision letter. I never heard the judge say that I was approved though…

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      How are you lost? Your attorney met with the judge and learned the judge wants to approve the case except for the date. That was resolved by changing the date. It sounds like it was an abbreviated hearing and again the lawyer told you the case was approved but you now have to wait for the paperwork (the written decision) to go through.
      If you are concerned that the judge did not say you were approved, that will come in the written decision (assuming your attorney was right, but I have no reason to assume otherwise). This is about as good an outcome as I can imagine.

      • Shamar Rich-Hall

        I appreciate your response…very encouraging.

        Have a wonderful day!

  • shanna simmons


    • CHOCO


      • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

        You have hired a lawyer and s/he is helping you from the beginning on this claim. That is a terrific choice. You have someone who has done a thorough interview with you discussing your work history, medical history, symptoms, and anything else that would effect your Social Security disability claim.

        I want to say this a gently as I can: that is the person you should direct your questions to. There is no one out here on the internet who knows as much about your case and can give you an informed decision about your particular situation as the professional you hired (and are paying up to $6k) to represent you.

        Now, I suspect the form you received is simply the application review summary. However, you really should ask your lawyer about this, and what you should do next.

        Best of luck to you Choco!

  • James Malone

    My wife had her hearing in May . Was told that it would be 60 – 90 days for a decision. Now ….let’s see 135 days later, nothing. She called her lawyer and was told she was a victim of this judge’s back log. We are on the brink of being destitute with medical bills and rent, not to mention the stress and so forth. How long will this really take?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      The estimate you were given is in line with what I tell my own clients. However, every once in a while, that estimate is completely blown. As far ask how long it will actually take, that is up to the judge and the staff.

      One option is you can talk to your lawyer about requesting expedited processing for dire need. Good luck.

      • choco

        Hi this choco can u please read my post any advice trying. To see where ss is going with my case i sent the signed paper. Work back whats next

      • gloria

        Ok even after your hearing you can request a dire needs . I already requested a dire needs letter to get an faster hearing date, I am still in the same shape waiting for an answer from judge .my living arrangements are very bad, and I still cannot get my meds or go to
        Doctor, with out asking some one for the money. So how much long will it take to get letter or a check

  • Erin

    I received a pretrial favorable decision and still have waited over 3 months now and have not even received the decision or award letter yet. Social Security tells me that the average period is 75 days its been well over 100. It is very hard when I can’t work and have been fighting for this for 2 1/2 years, received a favorable decision and still no money. I found a schedule on the ss.gov website that says the average for Eugene (where I had my hearing) is 429 days…is that true? that means I will wait another 1 1/2 years to receive payments?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I don’t think the chart you are referring to is for wait time AFTER a hearing. I suspect it covers wait time at that office (from the time an appeal is file, to a hearing, or to a decision). Approximate times to receive benefits after a decision are 45-90 days (assuming there are no hiccups).

      For specific information about the wait time in your case, I encourage you to contact Social Security directly.

      • Erin

        Thank you for responding so quickly. I have contacted social security and they gave me the phone number to contact the hearing office to file an inquiry. The hearing office, however, are not aloud to speak to me because I used an attorney and said I have to go through my attorney. When I call the attorneys office they just tell me they don’t have any updates for me and don’t seem willing to help. I feel like they know they will get paid eventually and don’t seem to care that I have no financial means to survive. I just don’t understand the whole system and have been wondering if I am expecting this go faster than it normally does. It seems very discouraging to read about people who are waiting much longer than me, but also to see that there are many who receive their payments very quickly, even with a hearing.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          I doubt that your lawyer is trying to stretch things out further. Most of the time, Social Security does not provide much in the way of information about the status of the decision. Often, they will say a case is “in the writing,” or “waiting to be mailed.” The hearing office will not make any kind of estimate of when a case will be issued. So, when the lawyer says there is no updates about the decision, that is often the truth. They simply have no information to provide, and Social Security isn’t giving them any information either. As noted in my prior comment, normally it takes between 30 and 90 days to get a decision from Social Security. After that, it can be an additional 30 to 90 days for benefits to be processed (assuming a favorable decision).

        • Des

          Erin im in same boat but waiting at the Portland , Oregon odar office. Its been 70 days so far and it went to decision writing status quickly like 2 weeks into this. I was told that Oregon has one of the highest wait times in nation. Im on pins n needles too. Im so sorry for you!

      • charley

        Hi Tom my name’s Charles. I applied for SSI SSSI back in 1995 and the person at the office said yes I’m still in the system since 1995, And I reapplied in 2007. Iv went through all the appeals & had my hearing back in June of this year. The VE told the judge I can no longer work because of my disability and medication. Just yesterday I was told the judge is finalizing my destion. Doe’s that sound about right. & will I get all that back pay ???

  • Erin

    I had a pretrial favorable decision in early July 2014. I thought the waiting time would be much less for me, obviously I was wrong. I have received nothing. I have been fighting this process for almost 3 years, this is so frustrating. Obviously people who go through this can’t work, how do they expect us to survive? I saw a chart on the ssa.gov website that says the average wait after the hearing is 429 days (this is for Eugene, OR, all are different), is that true? (the same document also says the workdays per year for the judge are 250) Social Security told me 75 days once my file hits the decision writers, but they have told me that my file has never left the judge. Is my file actually going to take nearly 2 years to process before I receive any payments?

  • James Malone

    First of all, Thank you sir for the expeditious response. Secondly……..wow!!! I cannot believe some of these posts. My wife and I feel lost as well , but our Judiciary is so slow. I understand they need to be thorough , and I do see a lot of folks out there on disability that are clearly “able” to work, however, the many days and weeks and months and let’s face it YEARS of each of you and (like myself) your spouse or child being swept under the rug of this system is just ridiculous. I have heard of so many people actually on their death beds and still being denied. People that have paid into this mandated taxed system all their lives and left out in the cold. I do believe this system , like so many others in our government is corrupt and in need of serious repair.

  • mommyof4

    Hello Tomasz! Hoping you can shed light on this for me….I was approved through a bench decision on Sept. 23 2014, recieved fully favorable decision 1 week later. Now here is where Im confused, its only been a month I understand that but 1st ssa rep said my claim was closed and set for payment, but could not disclose amount or eta date. 2nd rep said I am waiting due to a review that needs to be done, to see if I get ssd, or ssi, they will call me when my name reaches top of the list he said. However my atty said i have enough work credits to get ssd or ssi. Im so very confused. Any words of wisdom?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      While it sounds like Social Security is giving you a rote response (that may not be applicable), they are basically telling you that they are working on getting your benefits taken care of. It may be a while (30 to 90 days even), but they will get it done.

  • mommyof4

    Sorry, meant my atty said I have enough work credits for ssd.

  • James1967

    Question. Would benefits. Be different. From one state to. Another. I filed. In Florida. My hearing. Was in Florida .. after hearing I had to move to Virginia. I saw something that some states add or decrease. The amount.. if so please explain .. thank you.. homeless in Virginia ..James

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Social Security is a federal program so the benefits do not change. HOWEVER, some states provide additional benefits if a person is on SSI.

  • mikejones

    I waited about 20 months to get a hearing.

  • mikejones

    So ive been waiting on ssi . November 26 of 2014 is my first hearing. Now my right foot haves 3 plates nd 16 scross. This is my first hearing . I mean in a court room. Is that good or bad??? Plz help me anyone. I waited 20 months just to be able to go to a hearing. I hired a lawyer is that good? Will that help me? Oh nd by the way i am homeless. Thats why i got a hearing

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      You can take it with a grain of salt, but I think it is very good to have a lawyer on a disability case. And you should be asking your lawyer all of these questions. You are the client and you are paying their fees. Ask how your case looks: what’s good, what’s bad, and what can be done to give you the best chance of success. Good luck Mike!

      • Shanna Davis

        Hi tom ….I call the odar office is she said my son case is gone out to something and the judge putting his finally touches on it and she said at this point if you need to contact your lawyer to get update

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Sounds like you will get a decision very shortly.

    • martinjamed

      Yes. Your attorney will call you before our hearing ..it will be on montior..you.. judge. Your attorney. And …job expert.. keep your questions. Yes.. no.. they might try to trip you up.. tell where. Your injury is at ..you can’t point at it..described. it right lower leg.. example .. don’t worry. Don’t cloud the story. Judge wants to make shure u can’t do the job.. but he wants to see if you can work. Sittingjj down or watching. A TV montior..when I spoke I broke all the rule .. I figure this is my final show.. I told them. Every thing from a to z. I interrupted the judge 2 times. I was very emotional ..ask me what my daily role and health was.. I made a ist oall my medications name amount ..how many times a day ..how the effect me. And after affect .. show up 20min. And don’t stick around.. if you have. Cane it walker bring it .. I had to stand up and sit my pain was deep shooting pain.. ok my alcome was the judge approved me twice at the hearing ..now I wait for letter..limbo land.. October 2014.. hope this helps….. you got to win..

  • Nicole

    I’m hoping some one can help me here. I applied for ssi in July 2012 after a car accident I got into that caused me to become blind in my right eye and now I have severe arthritis plus a few other conditions. I took the case all the way to the judge, to pa court and got denied. I got a letter from ssi that stated for me to change the date from 2012 to march of 2013. I asked my lawyer and she told me to do so, so I did. I reapplied June 2014 & it’s now November I’ve seen both doctor about how long should it take for me to recieve a decision??

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Talk to your lawyer about wait times in your state. In Colorado, times from an initial application to an initial decision are about 4 to 6 months.

  • Shanna Davis

    can someone help me ,,,I call the odar office and they said my son case is in out something and the judge putting his last touches on it and she said at this point if you have any questions contact your lawyer,….do this sounds good

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Did you get you decision? How did it go?

  • marjorie c rivas

    It toke me a couple of months.now after my hearing they sent to get an exam and i call so social security sent it to the head office and now they daid it’s?pending

  • Elizabeth Wild

    My husband went for his hearing Oct 27. His lawyer said it went well and the judge said it would be about 30 days until we had a decision. That time frame has come and gone. Any ideas how long it will take. We are in Michigan if that matters

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I tell my clients it will often take 30 to 90 days (and up to 6 months if the case is assigned to a decision writer – if there is a backlog).

  • Maryanne

    Hello, thanks for your help. I am in NJ. I had my Hearing in the Newark SSA Building on October 15th. The ALJ asked for both a Vocational Expert and a Medical Expert to attend the Hearing. I have a rare Nerve Condition. This is why she asked for a Medical Expert. Anyway, some of my Medical Records were not given to the Medical Expert prior to the Hearing and the Judge announced that we would have to come back for a 2nd Hearing so that she could hear his testimony. She heard my testimony, my lawyer spoke and the Judge asked me a few questions. And that was that. I was really upset about having to return but what could I do. Then a couple of hours after I arrived home – I received a call from my lawyer. She told me that the Judge just e-mailed her to let her know that we would NOT have to return a 2nd time and she wasn’t going to worry about the M.E.’s testimony. She was prepared to rule in my favor just as soon as my lawyer could get to her any missing Medical files that should have been entered as evidence, etc. So my lawyer called me and told me what had happened. I was so excited and relieved. Prior to all of this – my lawyer told me that decisions typically take 4 to 6 weeks but the Newark SSA Office was really backed up and some of her clients were waiting as long as 8 to 10 weeks for a decision. And then another 2 weeks before receiving a Letter of Award. I was okay with this. Until recently. I passed the 7 week mark and then started to get nervous. I’m afraid that something bad has happened and the Judge has changed her mind or something and will actually rule AGAINST me. When I e-mailed my lawyer – she said she would go ahead and check with the Hearing Office. I just received an e-mail from the lawyer telling me that she looked on the SSA’s Website and found out that my Case is still in the Post-Hearing Development stage. She told me to “hang in there” a little while longer. Should I be nervous? Could a Judge “change” her mind after telling my lawyer that she would rule in my favor? Is it unusual to be waiting this long – even for a favorable decision – if this is still how the Judge decided to rule? Please advise. I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much and God Bless!

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Maryanne, it sounds like you are finding things to worry about. Now, that’s natural. However, if everything looked good a few weeks ago, and nothing has changed (other than the passage of time), then things should still be good now. Give your lawyer a call and let him/her reassure you. Good luck Maryanne!

  • Shelly Ann Trader

    I haven’t had my hearing yet but once I do how long do I found out there decision

  • elisca

    When I called to check the status of my sons case they said it was in final writing,is this the last step before being mailed and how long does this step usually take?

  • chasida

    I had my hearing in August an in sept he sent me to another Dr. I just called today an my case is with the decison writer Does that mean iv been denied

  • John Turnage

    Hello everyone.I’m on Colorado and last wed I was approved for more money. so o went to ssi and they toldme they will mail out the next day.my question is does anyone know how long acheck talks to get to u after its already makes?Thankyou joJohnTurnage

  • Desperate

    Does anyone know about any of the judges in Pennsauken, New Jersey?

  • Darla

    I’m so stressed and nervous, I’ve been suffering from degenerative disease in my neck and back. I’m always in pain. I went to my hearing October 2nd, After the judge asked the vocational expert, a hypothetical question, regarding someone my age, has my condition, and needing to miss work at least four days per month, was there a job that I could preform and the answer was “No”. The judge asked me if I had considered surgery and I replied that I was afraid of being paralyzed. She then asked to view a Mri I was scheduled to have that next day and gave my attorney 3 weeks for her to view it. The Mri does show my condition has worsen. My decision is in and I’m waiting for it to be mailed, I just can’t breathe some days because I have 4 children depending on me, Does the questions asked by the judge seem promising?

  • sam

    I signed u p for SSI in 2012 and have been denied twice. We requested for my hearing 15 months ago. My lawyer was notified b the judge that is revieing my files and told my lawyer that it looked like I could be aproved, but he wanted a 2nd opinion before aproving me his dr. his dr. told him that I couldnt work and it matched what my layers dr. said about me that I cant work. The judge said he’s thinking about just aproving me with out a hearing…. This will be awesome because I’m going crazy without not knowing anything . Im wondering if this is a good thing…..

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Sounds like a good thing to me.

  • waiting

    What does it mean when the status is still in POST REVIEW?

  • waiting

    What does POST REVIEW MEAN?

  • Shirley Hemminger

    hi I’m shirley I have a question they had my hearing which they grant any of crisis hearing on November 6 2014 a question for a number 5 where they try to find you work of any kind what my restrictions from my doctors the answer was no they could not find me anything because of this crisis situation like pew or my hearing excuse me they had gotten time to get some information from my doctor so they didn’t get that till the 24th of November but I’m December 2nd a ladies a supervisor in the writing department said I would know Stu it’s been back by the judge since the 9th of December how much longer do I have to wait I’m 60 years old and my house is extremely bad and now I have a hiatal hernia blocking my stomach along with all my other medical conditions what do you think my answer will be do you think the judge will grant me it’s because they couldn’t get me any work with my restrictions

  • Nikki jones

    Hi I just applied in October of 2014 I wrnt to there doc dec 10th got a dense letter dec 24 I’m bipolar manic with ptsd and agropobia and have panic attacts I have work history but my work history shows when I get a job I only keep it no more then 2 3 months if even I just tried meds recently haven’t worked for me yet I’m gonna apply for a hearing but scared if they denie me again I guess my question is why would they denie me I also have severe back and knee problems already had one surgery if I go for my fair hearing do u think ill get denied again

  • purplelady

    I have sciatica,polymyalgia,ADHD,generalized,anxiety,I have bunion/hammer toe surgery coming up I applied threw a lawyer Oct 2014, why is it taking so long? I even have letter of hardship from my doctor, now what

  • Jeremy

    Hey Tom. I just received my denial letter from the ALJ. He gave no weight to the CE who said I had anxiety and depression, and could not work due to him only seeing me one time. He agrees that I have Chronic Venous Insufficiency, but that it does not meet the SSA listing because I do not have extensive brawny edema, or skin ulcers. He claims that my pain is not that bad because I wash dishes two times a month, go grocery shopping twice a month, and he claims that I participate in leisure activities because I watch television. He also cited a statement from me where I claimed that I can go back to work if my symptoms improve – which I can. But my symptoms have not improved in over three years. He said that even though I am in pain management that my leg is not bad because I have normal gait and range of motion. I have pain from standing, walking, and kneeling, not problems with range of motion. I have four docs saying I have a damaged leg problem, post phlebitis syndrome, chronic pain, and other complications. All are ignored by the ALJ. He didn’t even comment on me taking pain meds. Also, he quoted my last Doppler ultrasound of my right leg that say no blood clots seen – but left out the sentence that says the vein is brittle, narrow, and severely damaged. He cherry picked whatever he wanted to make his case for the denial. He also ignored my countless paragraphs of accounts of daily living saying that I go grocery shopping and that negates my claims of severe pain. I felt like he was harsh to me during the hearing and that he had his mind made up before I even wend through his door. He seemed like he was annoyed during the hearing and just wanted it done. He did rule that I cannot do past work, and that I can only do light work. He ruled this way because the SSA doc who denied my initial application said this. So he gave great weight to the SSA doc and no weight to the CE doc. I tried to get RFC’s from my doctors, but they would not give them to me. I also could not afford mental health care, so I am not being treated for mental health. The CE doctor said that I have a GAF of 50 and that even with mental health treatment I would not be able to return to work. The judge denied the mental health claim because I’m not receiving treatment, and also because he said there are no documented periods of decomposition when I told him I never leave the house, have no friends, have no social interactions. How do you win with a judge like this? What I want to know is if you think I have a case to send to the appeals council? Does this judge sound fair, or do you think he cherry picked my case. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      From what you describe, it sounds like there are appealable issues. And you indicate you are aware of your appeal rights. Make sure you review the denial for the appeal forms needed and the time limit to get the appeal submitted. I strongly encourage you to have an attorney review the case file to help you.

      • Jeremy

        Thanks for the advice Tom. I was also considering filing a new case and getting a year or more of mental health treatment this time around before I see the judge again. There was also no reference to my clotting disorder and the severity of that. If I clot up again it can lead to death, but Hughes Syndrome is not listed in the blue book. It’s not well understood yet. I also cannot lose weight because my leg is messed up and I cannot exercise which makes my condition worse. The judge said that he considered my obesity and diabetes in his decision, but he never addressed these issues with how he used these considerations to form his decision on my case. I’m not indigent yet, I have family to help me get by to file another case. I’m just afraid if I file again with more solid evidence, they will deny me again and it will be years and years and years to get approved. I don’t know how to show them that if I walk through two supermarkets, I will be limping and in severe pain for the rest of the day. On the day of the hearing my anxiety was low because I had not slept in 24 hours. When I am tired like that it takes the edge off my anxiety. Otherwise I would have been shaking every time the judge spoke, like I did when I fought a speeding ticket in Ohio. I also had a pain level of 2 that day. I would literally have to walk a mile the day before the appointment, and then climb up and down my stairs here at home a few times to bring on the level 8 pain to where you can see my limping, and see the pain in my eyes and on my face. I will do this next time I have a hearing. I didn’t want o exaggerate anything in front of the judge. I thought I would get a fair shake. Any how, thanks for you response. You are a good person answering questions, even for those of us who are not your clients.

        • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

          Hi Jeremy. Talk to a lawyer before making a decision (assuming you have time before the deadline). It is important to get a independent evaluation of how the evidence looks, what is supportable *on paper,* and determining the arguments that are most likely to get the decision overturned. And then, crafting the arguments to the Appeals Council.

  • Terry

    I went Sept.29 2014 for my alj hearing,the occupational lady said that there is no work for me. My lawyer said all looked good when we left,but most everyone I have talked too got their answer and check in less than four weeks and my judge made her decision on Oct.21,but still no word? I have bi-polar manic depression,1 herniated disc in neck,1 in between shoulders,and 2 in lower back. I also have a hiatal hernia and dupreytrens contracture in both hands and left foot. I also have had tumors pop up on my sternum,rotor cuff,and middle of big toe on left foot. I have done some research on my judge and everyone says that she doesn’t like to award ssi or disability,especially on someone only 40 years old!! Do you feel like I may have a good chance? Lawyer said all looked good,but heck-my wife did most of the work,it was like I just hired them to have a lawyer present!! My buddy told me I should have a strong chance,because his lawyer told him that most lawyers won’t accept the case,if they don’t feel good about it?? Anything will be appreciated,if you have any thoughts on this. Thank you for your time!!

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      Hi Terry. Well, lawyers play the numbers. Some cases will win, some will lose. And sometimes you get surprised about the outcome. Getting to the crux of your question, a case is the evidence. The summary (“I have this … and that”) is what an attorney hope to find when s/he looks at the evidence. Without seeing your evidence, I have no idea how things look. You could just as well ask your doctor, “Here is what I eat, and what I do. Do you think I have heart disease?” You just can’t answer that. Here is the long version if you are so inclined: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/11/i-have-can-i-win-my-social-security-disability-case/.

  • aunna

    Hello I went to my hearing Nov 18, 2014 and the judge sent me to adoctor on Dec 1, 2014. I received a letter i n the mail from the judge with the doctor results on December 12, 2014. I called and talked to a lady and she said it was on the judge desk for review. I have huntington’s chorea and suffer from seizures. I really need my help and the waot is exhausting sp by the judge has to do a review what does that mean?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      It sounds like the judge is reviewing the impact of the consultative examiner’s findings on your disability case. I recommend you meet with your lawyer to go over the consultative examiner’s report and take any necessary action.

  • sherita

    If the social security office tell me that they will make a decision on Jan 9 then change it to feb8 what do that mean? Somebody please help me.

    • Class E. Monster

      call a lawyer

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  • sherita

    Who know about disability? I file my claim on sept 2nd and aint heard anything about my claim. I been waiting to get a decision on my claim for about 4 or 5 months now.

  • Elizabeth Wild

    My husband had his hearinf with the judge on oct 27th and we have heard nothing yet. Our lawyer said he thinks it went very well. however I have been checking for him online and where it says benifit letter it says and always have said you are not currently reciving benifits. down lower it has an area where it estimates your benifits and it couldnt give an amount because he had recently appled for benifits. Well today that changed it still says you are not currently recieving benifits but there are estimated amounts there. Does that mean he was denied?

    • http://stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

      I don’t think so. Ask your lawyer to long into the Social Security ERE site to check if the decision has been issued.

      • gloria

        What is the ERE site

      • gloria

        I had my hearing march – 3 – 2015
        What is the wait time in macon ga
        For a Answer from judge

        • sweetkisses84

          Hi Gloria I’m from Macon ga can you tell me who your judge was and have you received your decision

  • Mick

    I recently had my ssi hearing, the judge asked a lengthy hypothetical to the ve, the ve stated no in both steps 4 and 5 and the judge only asked the one hypothetical. My attorney said it wasn’t necessary to cross-examine the ve. Does the judge usually have his mind made up if there is only one lengthy hypo, resulting in no other jobs in step 5? My attorney felt positive about the hearing. What reasons could there be for denial after this senerio?

  • Hugjes

    My Husband had his ALJ hearing Oct 7th. He represented himself as we felt no need to pay someone to tell say exactly what we had to say. He was on SSI from age 7-18 when his mother had been over paid over $4k and he made them stop his benefits after they took it out of our taxes that year. He should have never stopped them in the first place we know. However his bi-polar, anger issues and much more psychological issues have followed throughout the years. Anyway the Judge said that my husband cannot work with the public, the vocational adviser said he could possibly do 2 jobs but none had openings. We are still waiting a decision, how much longer do you think it will take?

  • belinda

    How long in Oklahoma does it take to get a hearing

    • Penny Reynaga

      I live in Kentucky and they say here it takes 24 to 48 months to get a hearing. I’m trying to find out who to lodge a complaint with about this nonsense.

  • Nicole

    HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE!! I had a lawyer and it took me about 17 months to get a hearing. I live in Knoxville,TN. My lawyer and I went before an ALJ November 18th 2014. Well I called the local odar office around Dec. 30th and they informed me that a decision had been made on my SSI claim Dec. 24th 2014!! I called the social security office to find out what decision had been made and it was fully favorable!! Jan. 12th 2015, I met with a client rep at the local social security office to go over my financial info so that I could start receiving payments! Ive been diagnosed as having bipolar mania, ptsd, and anxiety disorder. I am 27 yrs old and I am an african american woman.

    • rhonda

      I live in Delaware which has a very low approval rare. I am 55 years old and have bipolar disorder and anxiety. I cannot keep steady employment, every job I had in over 35 years I been fired due to my mental illness. I had my hearing on 11/25/14 at the hearing the vocational told the judge I was not a fit for any jobs.. You is very lucky I am still waiting haven’t heard anything they say its pending. And I have a lawyer he said I have a good chance my age helps .r

    • toine08

      I when to my Nov 19 2014 I just got my approval letter going on three week ago I wait on my award letter how long it took u get your

  • Shirley

    thinking very confused had my hearing after they grant me a crisis situation November 6 2014 didn’t get my decision then but I was told later when I called the hearing office the judge made a decision on December 24th still have not heard anything yet and its not posted when I call they tell me its back at the writing apartment I have been told its back at the judges then it went back to the writing department and then back to the judge I think it went back to the judge because on the 24th of December I run in the paper with more surgery I had done just the scope and I have a hiatal hernia it shouldn’t have changed anything though here’s the kicker though a women again to see what were my case was now what I sent in the crisis thing they knew I get half my ex suspension which is $903 now they tell me I can’t get SSI because I make too much it can get SSD because I hadn’t worked in the last 10 years and I’m sixty years old family and medical reasons why I didn’t work but if I was 30 I would need as many points and then I would be able to get it that’s ridiculous why is it that 30 year olds can get SSI and disability and 6 year olds get punished if they don’t work in the last 10 years but they work since they were 15 so I guess they’re going to take 10 month of May 17 minutes away but they might give me the year 2012 which I first applied but didn’t it lapsed I don’t know what they’re going to do I got God working on it for me with all things are possible with Jesus that’s what it says and everybody’s been praying for me I have so many things wrong with me I have a hiatal hernia I have biel reflux disease I have a sciatic nerve I have fibromyalgia from having shingles I had 3 surgeries in my left me lost 90 percent of it carpal tunnel surgery and both my hands still die for my baby finger I’ll wait up to my wrist it just falls asleep its dead I drop things Eminem perform a hearing on number 4 & 5 they could not find me any kind of work with all my restrictions they could not find me nothing installation sit and wonder whether they’re going to give me anything or not now because I didn’t work the last 10 years and I get 900 my mortgage is 887 any answers on February 6th it will be 90 days Thank You brown eyed girl

  • Patience

    Hi I applied for SSD in 2012 and was denied.I recently HAD MY hearing with the DJ on Nov,8th 2014.The Judge said i would have a decision in 30 days.I receive a letter 3 weeks later with appointments for a Psychological Evaluation and a Comprehensive Exams.I complete both,i receive a letter 2 days ago stating the judge have secured additional evidence that he propose to enter into the records.The letter also stated i could also request a supplemental hearing at which i would have the opportunity to appear,testify,or produce witnesses and submit additional evidence.What does that means?

  • ruben

    I applied in January of 2014 the ssa lady said that I have enough credits because of my work history I’m 35 with two herniated disc, spinal stenosis ,sciatica and depression and anxiety taking pain medication Norco and antidepressant and seeing a physic Dr. I been going thru therapy for shock therapy ,pain management, electro acupuncture and lint therapy I was denied twice I got a hearing by video conference in the mail 4 months ago how long does it take for me to go to my hearing

  • rench

    SSA main problem is it full of incompetent employees!.. When most people get appeals win..the basic standards and process is really simple.its SSA employees, and practices that make it timely!.the length of time in the process is not weeding out wheat from chaff,nor adding any new Dr info that all the sudden ,make it clear that you’re disabled.its employees, Dr etc at dds etc,not doing what there supposed to!.also applicants need to be smart, keep there case tight,press there drs,don’t give SSA any where to go,don’t given doubt!honestly there not looking for just one more Dr record to prove you claim.the employees are union,careless, and not very smart.its not SSA employees positions to guard the system,its there job to judge the info in a given claimants folder!very very often they msijudge the given info!why because the system is broken!.its not logical at all for claims to take 1 2 3 years!most disabled people have mountains of evidence,life,drs etc!!.it doesn’t take 2years to decide if some is disabled it takes a reasonable standard!.dissblilty claiments do not get a reasonable standard.they get nonsense from SSA,and workers!its really a simple process.

  • vangie

    I had my hearing in front of an ALJ. VE was present, but the ME wasn’t we had a phone confererence .However I’m 51 have severe depression my hearing was Dec 2,2014 I also have an attorney. The decision has been made and my case closed Jan 27, 2015 what are the chances I’m approved.

    • brina

      I had my hearing on dec 16 2014, and the decision was made on Jan 13 2015 now im waiting on the letter. My lawyer says in hia opinion he thinks I won. Good luck. I am so nervous

  • C. El

    Had hearing in front of ALJ 1/20/14 no VE testimony and just called the ODAR and they confirmed decision letter was sent on 1/23/15…helluva wait..Past med record and CE confirmed 20/400 and 20/600 best corrected vision plus other issues and importantly the MDI(medically determinable impairment) was a brain cyst. This site has been a great help so here’s my 2 cents..Thanks!

  • Lisa

    I had my hearing on 11/14/2014 and was sent to see one of there Dr.’s on 12/15/2014 I am still waiting to hear from the ALJ if I was approved. Anyone know how long it takes?

  • Gypsy King

    While it seemed to take forever (Onset date 6-2010) to get to that final meeting with my Judge, and even though I was told my Judge was notoriously slow on decisions, I had my approval letter in the mail less than 30 days later. That was last week, now I am trying to figure out how long before the processing center contacts me. My case took so long because there were additional, major, conditions that appeared right ion the middle of the review process. This pretty much turned it into an asll new case (with the same initial date of course) So realistically this final process began Jan.2014 when I saw the Judge and explained the issues. I saw a body Dr. in March 2014 and a brain Dr. in April 2014, and then waited and waited, just after Christmas I received a very delayed letter telling me my review was on 1-6-2015. I saw the judge and received my award letter on 2-4-15. Had the other conditions not appeared, this process would have been over 18 months ago probably. I would count on 18-24 months if you have to see the Judge but here is a nice thing I learned, and believe, about FEDERAL Disability Judges vs. STATE. State wanna deny you because the state doesn’t wanna pay. Since the Federal Government wants everyone being dependent on them, and having a reason to raise taxes, they are fine with granting disability. The Judge’s guidance is not to deny whenever possible but instead to “Make sure you have a justification for granting the disability” I was told this by an employee there. It makes sense. Now that it’s over I’m ok with it because the backpay will be worth it. Hope this helps anyone asking and Good Luck!

  • Pamela Reed Spencer

    I filed in May of 2012. My hearing with the ALJ was December 8, 2014 and i recieved my decision on January 29, 2015. I am now awaiting my award letter. The process has been so incredibly long. I’ve exhausted a savings/retirement account, I hope it doesn’t take much longer to receive my money.

    • Bethany Bayer

      Hi. Did you get your back pay? How long did it take from your decision?

  • Penny Reynaga

    Why does it take so long to get a court date from the adjudication office of social security? This timeless matter has caused me to deplete my savings and I have nothing left! To beat all that, they say it will take another year and a half or two before I get to go to court. This is total crap! People are losing their homes and even becoming homeless due to this junk. Who in the Congress is responsible for speaking for those of us in this situation? Who can we make formal complaints to about this unfair treatment? I personally intend on perusing this till I get someone to hear me and do something about this issue! I urge everyone whom is in this predicament to do the same.

  • Margo

    My mother’s hearing was on July 22nd 2014 it’s now February 27th 2015 and still no decision… I’m getting worried for her because it had been over 7 months and I fear that means her decision will be no… Her hearing was at the Atlanta ODAR and has anyone heard if there is a severe backlog or does the longer wait mean a denial… FYI she received a partial approval back in 2011 but her lawyers filed an appeal because there were onset date errors and conflicting statements between what the VE , SS medical doctors and the Judge. The VE and SS docs said my mom couldn’t work at all and said her onset date was in the year 2003 but the Judge choose the date of Oct. 2009 when she was admitted to a crisis facility for her Bipolar 2 disorder but it was clear her onset was prior to her being admitted into that facility… She suffers from PTSD, Bipolar 2 disorder, Degenerative Cognitive disorder, Degenerative Post Tibial Tendon Dysfunction which requires pain management has had reconstructive surgery which requires more surgeries and physical therapy and wears Prosthetics which prohibits her from working… Can someone give me some insight???

    • Yes, I’m That Leah

      Hello Margo. Have you heard anything from the ODAR yet? If not, I’ll try and help you on here. My name is Leah. I had my hearing at the Atlanta North ODAR on Clairmont Road on Feb. 10. I had Judge Spivey. He made a decision for me on Feb. 12. My lawyer said it went very good, and to give it 2 months to get a decision. My decision is with a writer right now, so … the 2 month time frame my lawyer quoted me seems to be about right.

      I don’t know of any backlog after the hearing takes places. Mine seems to be moving right along. I called the ODAR 3 times to keep tab, and make sure my file was looked at by the judge. Things get lost, and forgotten about! When was the last time you or the lawyers called the ODAR up?

  • mkay1227

    I applied in early 2013 and was denied about 6 months later filed and appeal and got a hearing for October 2014 then was pushed to February 25th 2015. After the Judge posed 2 hypothetical situations the first one resulted in being told I could work 2 jobs which I can’t actually do those jobs so made no sense. He then said the second hypothetical which resulted in being told no jobs were available for me. My lawyer then closed his book and the judge basically said okay we are done. My lawyer walked me out and said I’d get a letter in about 2 months. Does this sound like it went in my favor? I didn’t have time to speak with my lawyer before he went back in by himself to talk to the judge I plan to call Monday but wanted to get someone else’s opinion on how they think my hearing went.

    • Guest

      Yeah, you got it

      • mkay1227

        Thanks I actually got a letter from my lawyer and he said after going back in to talk to the judge the judge approved my case right then and there. Complete surprise. How long does it take to hear from my local social security office And to get an award letter? My lawyer said he’s never gotten an answer the same day before like he did with my case is that not normal?

    • Yes, I’m That Leah

      Wow. Your hearing sounds like my hearing. Except my judge only posed 1 hypothetical and was told no by the VE. He stopped the questions after that. Then, my lawyer asked the VE 1 hypothetical. She told him no as well. The judge did change my onset date because of my medical file though… My lawyer was smiling, and told me it went very well also, and told me to wait 2 months for an answer, too… I had my hearing Feb. 10. The judge made a decision on Feb. 12, and it’s with a writer as of March 5. I’m so nervous and afraid…. Can’t sleep. Kind of depressed. I’m just feeling miserable all around.

      Have you gotten your award letter yet? I’m so happy you won!! And, yes! It’s VERY rare to get a decision on the day of the hearing. At least you know you won. Congratulations on that !

  • tambi

    hi i just had my hearing via the telephone i reside over seas and my case was handeld by the state of NJ and that was back in FEB 12 2015 and i called five days ago and they toled me its still pending dose that mean its still at the judge disk?

  • D@ Etheridge

    My husband applied for ssi in 2009 and they deny. Deny him 4 time he have a neck problem do to light stroke and then he had the neck surgery 2012 he still got got deny.he is damage .for life he will never be the same ,but we took the case to civil lawsuit now the judge said he will oversee social security decision now he got to put the case with ALJ judge if this judge favor him will he get back pay From 2009 or the time he had the surgery 2012

    • tlewis

      I too, have been disabled since 2008. I became ill in 2005 but continued to work until 2008. I applied for SSD and was denied. Had a hearing and denied as well and we appealed it. The judge still denied it. I was told in 2013, after fighting it for 5 years, that I would have to reapply. I did that and just went to my second hearing yesterday. I was told by my attorney that they would not go back to the 2008 original application and would only go back to the 2013 application. I don’t think its fair but it is what it is I guess. I did know someone who was awarded and they were paid almost 10 years back pay.. how do they differ??

  • Margie

    I had my hearing yesterday. Not sure if it went well, or not. The judge left record open for 15 days. Is this a good sign?

    • Yes, I’m That Leah

      The judge is waiting on some kind of information to be able to make a decision.

    • Margie

      Thanks, I know she’s waiting for more records to make a decision. But is this a good or bad sign? I mean if she wanted to deny, then she wouldn’t ask for more medical records. Or not :/

      • Yes, I’m That Leah

        I think it’s really a good thing Margie. She can she that you’re impaired, but needs a bit more to push you through for approval. If she wanted to deny, she could have done that, and closed with the paperwork already submitted. :) Hummm. ..What did your Vocation Expert say?

        • Margie

          Thanks!! I honestly didn’t understand much of what went on with expert. She mentioned a couple jobs I could do. I was so nervous and in pain that day!! I I have fibrimyalgia and other complications. The attorney said I did well with the answers I gave. But he could not say if she thinks I’ll be approved or not.

          • Yes, I’m That Leah

            Wow. We have similar medical problems…. I’ve got Arthritis. FM, CFS. IBS and it’s drivin me to have mental problems: hallucinations, terrible anxiety, major depression. suicidal thoughts and all. I’m a mess.

            It looks good for you to have a FAIR judge Margie. It’s a blessing she waited.Are you having problems with concentration? Did your doctor do the Fibromyalgia tender point test, and are you taking a good amount of medication? Pain levels and concentration are a major decision maker for judges to approve Fibromyalgia, I think.

          • Margie

            Sorry to hear all your physical pains n mental. Yes I also have high anxiety from pain alone. Also vertigo which I’m always dizzy!! I don’t take a whole lot of meds just 2-3. I have bad side effects. I get treatments instead. Epidural injection, trigger point injections and therapies. Oh and magnesium shots for migraines :(

          • Yes, I’m That Leah

            Now, we’re talking Margie. The shots, honey. That’s real GOOD. My lawyer told me that SHOTS are basically the holy grail. I think it looks really good for you. I’m so sorry your suffering with all these symptoms.

          • Margie

            Thank you for ur positivity. I hope all goes well for you as well!!! God bless. Keep in touch!

          • Yes, I’m That Leah

            Will do sister!

          • Yes, I’m That Leah

            Hi Margie. It was unfavorable for me to do errors! They say I smoke, I never smoked a day in my life. And there are TONS of doctors listed that I never saw, talking about joint pain for someone else. I probably won’t be back on here, but I just wanted everyone to know this. If you have a slam dunk hearing like me, and get an unfavorable, READ everything. There are probably errors….

            God bless you all.

          • Margie

            I’m so sorry to hear that!!! What are you going to do now? I hope you appeal it. Especially with errors. Unbelievable where did they get that from?!!!

          • Yes, I’m That Leah

            Hey sis. Sorry for the late reply. Been busy, trying to fight this corrupt system.

            I have a new attorney. We’re gonna appeal to the AC. All those doggone errors and all. What a nut case this judge is. But anyway… guess what? And I mean hold on to your cane!

            My attorney says this judge gets remanded back for errors all the time. It gets even more crazy. This judge is like family to her. She said all we have to do is present a new case, and he’ll approve it easy, no problem. She says when HER particular cases go back to him, he always approves without a second thought. Her never denies her clients twice, like other cases that get remanded back to him with HIS errors. WT*!

            See. the judge is her best friends father in law….. omg. And do you all on this board now see that approvals are really like the luck of the draw? This is a f’d up system. My slam dunk case was lost because I think he sabotages on purpose. He saw my therapists notes, saw I got arrested, and hated on me in secret. Thing is, I never committed a crime, I have no record. Just mistakingly arrested due to the color of my skin. Smh. Can’t even talk to my therapist in peace anymore…

            My judge gets cases remanded back all the time because his conservative *** is biased. He puts those errors in there to make claimants give up. I hope thunder and lightning strike this judge down off the bench,,,,, have you heard anything on your case Margie?

          • Margie

            Thank you so much again, I’ll be praying for you too!! Yes they did the tender point test they do. Everything is in black and white. I do get brain for and forget my daughters name sonetimes. It’s horrible !!

            The judge just wanted my therapies.. She had everything else :)

          • Yes, I’m That Leah

            Excellent !

          • cathy smith

            The expert told the judge I could not work or keep a job and still was deny….

  • Monica Gio Soler

    My case was heard on 2/26.15 my lawyer said she made a decision in less that 24 hrs its in que for writting is this positive when this happens? My lawyer say’s it usually is when a judge makes her decision fast.

    • Yes, I’m That Leah

      Let’s keep in touch Monica. I’m in the same situation you are. My judge made a decision on Feb 12.2015. My hearing was Feb. 10. It was assigned to a writer on March 5. My lawyer said I did great, and the hearing went good. My records are strong. The judge amended my onset date. He only asked the VE one hypothetical and she told him no jobs. He ended the hearing at that point w/o asking me anything, other than for me to state my name and stuff to start the hearing at the beginning. I’m almost 43..

      How did your hearing go Monica? What city do you live in? I’m in Atlanta, Ga,

  • Rosie Serrano

    Went to my court hearing today judge said that I would not have to see another specialist he is requesting my medical fills also the works specialist said there is no work for me due to my condition but judge is waiting for more medical files but judge made no decision in court hearing is that good or bad?

    • Adrieene Wright

      in my situation that was a good thing. the judge in my case did the same thing and i came back a month later and he decided in my favor right there, and i have been fighting for mine since Sept. 2008.

      • Rosie Serrano

        Hi, still I’m waiting its been 2 months 3 days I called them they said my case is on OUT POST don’t know what that means, I’m so lost and confused. I received a copy of all medical records the requested 2 weeks ago. That’s when I called got the statues out post. Please someone tell me what that means…..

  • donna

    I had my hearing last week. Could not understand the codes that was used in the hearing. Judge just ask the vocational expert and my attorney if they agree. They answered yes. After my attorney said looked line all went well unless judge changes his mind. What does this mean ?

    • cathy smith

      Well the expert told the judge I couldn’t work or keep a job, mine an expert said that to a judge but still was deny…

      • lenora derragon

        How old are you. Age plays a bigvpart in decisions

        • Fefebeth

          That is a form of discrimination age sex race does not matter

          • lenora derragon

            Its hard to get ssd if your 49 and under

    • Joanne Covish

      Nothing yet. It’s still not over, so FIGHT! My ODAR Judge took every angle to cut the monies. I was asked to amend my date back one year,from five years.so only receive SSI not SSDI. Then the local SSI office sent me a letter of phone conference, 2 months letter. A week for the call. Then anyone who help you their money is now considered income. No one prepared me, I think it’s carp. When a person helps a person in need. It income! What if some one give me money am I not supposed to pay it back. I never knew the was such a thing as {Free}
      Good Luck,

  • Teya

    Hi! My name is Teya I’ve applied for SSI for my disability for cancer back in November 2014. And I have called them several times to find out what my status was haven’t got a paper on anything on my claim. Now there telling me that they sent my claim to the Allentown Rd SSI building for something. Then a lady told me on the phone it takes a 120 days from November for any decision. Is this true???

    • Fefebeth

      No you need to call the local office it does not take that long I know in Indiana it takes 14/21 days to get approved or denied make sure you call the local office in the morning I hope you got everything work out already and I hope you got approved

    • Joanne Covish

      Ok this happened to me and received a denial. The doctors offices update to computor. They only punch in 1 year past history. This means and letters sis sends to them for certin documents. There could be up to 4 yew of file missing. Call your local ODAR office and request a CD of your file. Check all medical history and search for and doctors files missing.
      Good Luck!!!!

    • dana

      You may have been approved. I would keep checking your bank account for a deposit from them. I read a story yesterday where the woman didn’t get a letter, got a deposit in her bank account, THEN got the letter, but it said denied. She called and found out the letter was in clerical error and she was approved. But just remember, the money was in her account before any letter. Good luck.

      • Julia Oceania

        How did Social Security have her bank account routing number?

  • lenora derragon

    I have dire need case my status is unassigned waiting for a judge what does this mean

    • lisa

      It means that it is waiting on a decision writer to write up your letter.. Hope this helps and good luck

    • mrslewis

      I had my dire need hearing today I hope it goes well for you in March they told me it was waiting for a judge then it took them about a month or two to schedule.
      depending on your area

      • Joanne Covish

        Call your local ODAR’s office every week, even twice a week. They run behind about 6 months and can even file and extension. You can ask for your file fax number. You write your case number of you letter to the court .let them know your right to a speedy trial, your dire need. The judge will get the message.or it can drag on for another three months.

  • J

    My spouse applied for SSDI in October of 2012. Denied twice (naturally) and hearing was in January, 2015. 90 days is almost up, but we’re not expecting anything before then. It’s simple…if $$$ is coming to you, they will take their sweet, precious time. If you owe the government (taxes, etc.)….they want it yesterday. I’ve just about lost all of my faith in the system while the powers that be are out golfing.

    • cathy smith

      I know people who never work in there life & get disability, some are in there 30s & work, still get disability. I know a lady won her disability, plus work and she is LPN nurse making almost 17.00 to 23.00 and got it. I am homeless, heart condition,anxiety, back problem, restless legs & arms was abuse as a child & didn’t get it. Something is wrong here….

      • Fefebeth

        I’m just so tired of hearing people complain about other people getting approved and they didn’t so what every person is different you don’t know what that nurse goes through when she’s not working I know that’s not what you wanna here but you need to maybe if you focus on yourself you could figure out what you are doing wrong and get your approval letter I take it very personal when you talk about people like that because I’m 30 and never work in my life and I been getting a check since I was nine and for people like you to give us unfortunate people a hard time or look down on us is wrong it’s not our fault yea I feel sorry for you but you gotta change the way view people otherwise nothing good is gonna come to you ive been in the same boat as you with my daughter not being approved after two open heart surgeries and other health issues she was on it before but jealous people got her kick off witch I been fighting these past two years if you would like for me to help you just let me know and I will do what I can for you I’m not trying to be a bee but I just don’t like when people look down or get mad at someone because things ain’t working out for them

        • Naomi

          I really agree because everyone situation are different

  • Adrieene Wright

    I had a hearing on March 11, 2015 and the judge decided in favor of my case at my hearing , my attorney called me today and told me that the decision had be confirmed . I would like to know whats next and how long does it take to get an award letter and the back pay?

  • Lisa

    I had my hearing on Jan 29 2015..a few days later I received a call from the ALJ’s clerk telling me the judge wanted to know if I would consider moving my onset date 9 months later to Jan ,1 2014 it corresponds to a medical report from my osteo Dr that I need a total knee replacement on both knees..severe osteoarthritis anyway on 2/25/15 I was told a decision was made and wait for my letter..how many of you think that I have won my case..I have several other proven disabilities..I also called today and it’s in editing and should be mailed pretty soon.. They are wrapping it up
    .I know I have to wait but my Anxiejty is getting the best of me.. Do you think it’s favorable because of the moving of the onset date by the judge?u Please help

    • lenora derragon

      I would think so

    • Joanne Covish

      Yes, I had my hearing in Nov. 2014 and jmyth eceived my letter of phone conference. Just received my phone conference Monday the 11 of May 2015
      But I must warn you!!!!! Be prepared… something I wasn’t. There researching my means of paying household bills. They said my boyfriend helping is considered income. And that would reduce my pay and back pay. I sent a financial affidavits. And letters of personal loans.
      Good Luck!!!

  • keia Lovelace

    hello,Tomasz i have a son who has speech and language impairments. He currently has been doing speech therapy for a year. He also has an IEP and was qualified through my state through the disability Act, with being below 60% intelligible. I go to 2nd hearing with my last medical record for him. Do you think it will be favorable or not?

  • Julio Pimentel

    You are pretty much pucked if you hope to buy groceries and pay your lite bill with money from a disability decision. Buy some seeds and start planting your own food. No kidding.

  • mailyn white

    I had my disability hearing about 5 weeks ago my lawyer said it went well. I am 59 years old with 2 blue book disabilty . It has been 2 years since I filed my claim. I was denied twice before I had my hearing before the alj judge what is my next step. I am in Houston Texas . I am moneyless, can’t paid gor prescriptions or co pay to see the doctors.what can I do know

    • Julia Oceania

      Depending on your state you might be eligible for medicaid

    • me

      Will you can now apply for medcaid , cause of the affordable care act.and be able to see Dr. And be able to have the medical evidence of the 2 blue book diagnosis, that claim you to be disabled.

  • Thomas Capel

    I had my disability hearing on June 22nd 2015 and I applied for ssdi and ssi. I don’t know what to think the ve rattled off some jobs so my lawyer rattled off something back to the ve I really feel as though it’s was weak because the judge said ” You expect us to believe this” so my lawyer said it went well yeah right, I’m not expecting approval. But who knows right but not too excited.

  • Dawn

    I had my hearing on June 3rd my lawyer said she thinks the judge will approve my claim but I have yet to hear anything when I call they say it is still in review with the judge how long do I need to wait for an answer if it helps I live in pa

  • Kimberly Vandever

    Does anyone know how long it takes to know whether yours approved or not after your hearing? It has been 8 weeks already and I have not heard anything yet

  • Gail Works

    My daughter’s hearing with the ALJ was on April 21. It is now August 16, and we still have heard nothing. I keep hoping this might be a good thing, but I really don’t know.

  • stone

    I had hearing on July 2, and at the hearing the alj automatically went to sedentary work( cause medical evidence stated I needed use of cane), V.E. came up with three jobs related to sedentary work, however, she said that I had no work ability to perform, due to use of cane, for osteoarthritis forming I. My knees.
    Then alj said that decision would be made in 2-6 wks. I learn on 9-9, from my lawyer that decision was made and been sent for writting process and I receive notice in mail in 2-4 weeks. Is this a good sign???

  • Michele Gould

    I have been unable to work from 2009 just had my hearing june 23rd, they say it’s being write up by the judge . by the way it’s been at that stage from aug.13 what does that mean?

  • Sandra

    Hi, I had my hearing at the ODAR office 07/31/2015. The judge asked me several questions. He left the record open for 2 weeks awaiting a letter from a doctor stating that my condition will not improve and I’m unable to work. My attorney offered to have my husband testify, to which the ALJ said it wasn’t necessary. The VE said I could not do my previous job, he named two jobs but testified I would not be able to keep the job due to missing more than two times a month. Do you think I have a good chance at winning my case. I’m 41 but have numerous conditions including insulin dependant diabetes type 2, severe depression and anxiety and osteoarthritis. Thank you in advance. Good luck to everyone awaiting a decision.

  • Tracie

    Can anyone recommend a disability attorney they got approval results from in nj? I’m 30 yrs old at 28 I was diagnosed with a rare form of ms I’ve been paralyzed waist down three times still unable to walk without a cane. I’m a single mother of a three year old I’m very sick still in and out of the hospital, I can’t live like this. I need some help until I can get myself well! Please help!

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  • Frank Stayrook

    Hi my name is Frank and I live in Pa. I had my hearing on July 14,2015 and I still haven’t gotten a decision yet. Last I heard it was with decision writer. I am currently homeless and have been so since Sept 8. Lawyer sent a letter to the judge on that day informing him of my situation and nothing. Should I be worried?

  • Ray Beecher Sr.

    Had my hearing on July 14th, 2015. Decision letter was signed by the judge on Oct 22nd, 2015.

  • Freddy.v.

    Im waiting for my ssa hearing decision its been 115 days already

  • sandy

    I have a question called my lawyer too see if anything was showing said he might see something put me on hold came back and said should be getting something soon wouldn’t tell when if I was approved what does this mean

  • sandy

    Thomas can u answer this for me