I was recently asked how long it takes to get a Social Security decision when the judge sends you to a post hearing medical examination (also known as a consultative examination).
In cases where there is no post-hearing consultative examination, I normally estimate it may take 30 to 90 days to get a decision. A post-hearing consultative examination can mean a longer wait to get a hearing decision. Here are my estimates from the day of the hearing:
- Around 30 to 60 days for the CE to be scheduled.
- 14 to 45 days for the report.
- Then about 30 to sixty days for the decision.
However, it is also possible to ask for a supplemental hearing based on the CE report. A supplemental hearing can be requested if you disagree with the consultative examiner’s report and want to present rebuttal evidence. If you choose to request a supplemental hearing, bear in mind that it can take 90 or more days to find time on the judge’s docket for the hearing. Then you are back to waiting 30 to 90 days after the hearing for a decision.
If a supplemental hearing is not requested, it may take about 120 days from the hearing to the decision.
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