One of my readers asked:
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.
Congratulations on the win!
I have written about how long it takes after a hearing to get a decision, as well as my experience with how long it takes to actually get the benefits.
Personally, I have never seen benefits paid before the receiving a decision.
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 (and kudos for that), while the decision takes a few days to be delivered by the post office.
This does not happen all the time. In fact I have only see this is a small portion of cases and only on SSI cases. This makes sense since the local office only processes benefits (after a win) on SSI cases. Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit cases are processed by a regional payment center.
Unfortunately, in many other cases, it takes four to six weeks after the decision before an appointment is scheduled at the local Social Security office. Since this may cause a hardship, it is sometimes possible to get a case expedited for dire need.