It depends on the case and the judge. At my nearest hearing office it takes about 1 to 4 months, but there is no deadline to make a decision. I've had cases take over 8 months even after all evidence were submitted.
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Typically around 1-4 months, but unfortunately it could be much longer as Mr. Pham has indicated.
The average is about 4 months but I've seen them take up to a year or decide within a couple of weeks.
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It depends on the office and level. In texas, it generally takes 3-4 months for an initial claim, 2-3 months for reconsideration, and currently about a year to get a hearing before a Judge.
The length of time to receive a decision on an SSA disability case depends primarily on what stage the case is currently at. There are three main stages in a case
1) The Initial Claim (IC) usually takes 4-6 months total but about 2 months after they receive the medical records.
2) The Reconsideration stage usually takes 3-5 months total and again about 2 months after they receive the medical records.
3) The hearing stage takes the longest and varies greatly depending on what office you are working with (see http://www.disabilityjudges.com/state/texas for more information). Usually the medical records don't affect how long the hearing judge will take to make a decision unless you are missing medical records at the time of your hearing.
It has been our experience that it does take typically between a month and four months for the decision to be made and sent out. However, on some clear cut Favorable Decisions we have received them within a couple of weeks. There have been a few instances where the retroactive benefits were received by our clients even before the Favorable decision was issued. In more complex or closer cases we have found that the timeline can be extended. We have experienced specific ALJ's who are notoriously slow. If you were represented by an accomplished Social Security advocate he or she should have a sense of where it is heading. But there are always surprises and sometimes administrative indavertances by the Agency can complicate things.
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