If you are keeping in touch with the Social Security hearing office after filing your disability appeal, you may be told that your case has finally been assigned to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
However, ODAR (the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) may not tell you how much longer it will take to get a hearing date, now that your case has been assigned to a Judge. So, how long after your case is assigned to a judge will it take to get a hearing?
I normally estimate that a hearing will be scheduled between 60 to 90 days after a Judge has been assigned to a case.
By the time a case has been assigned to a Judge, the case file, which includes all the records and other evidence Social Security will use in deciding your case, has been “worked up” by ODAR staff. The file has been organized, duplicate records removed, and things have generally been cleaned up for the Judge’s review.
Keep in mind that finding time on the docket for your hearing may increase or decrease your wait time.
- If the Judge has an opening due to a cancellation, your case might be put into that spot, resulting in a quicker hearing.
- If the Judge’s docket is full, your hearing may be pushed back until the next set of open hearing times. This may be several months away.
Now that your case has been assigned, if you have not done so already, you should be reviewing your Social Security file to make sure all the necessary records are there and there are no missing records.
What was your experience with getting a hearing after your case was assigned to a judge? Tell me in the comments!