The answer is: it depends. Each ALJ is slightly different in how long they take to get their decisions out, and if that particular ODAR has more of a backlog of cases then others, that would impact the wait for your decision as well.
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In Ohio, exam reports are usually back to the Judge's office within 30 days. So, if you have not yet received a copy, call you your hearing office and request a copy of the report.
Many SSA doctors are trained to not make a conclusion about your disability, but some assume it is their job to automatically explain why you CAN work. If you have an attorney, talk to this attorney soon - he or she should be able to help answer questions about whether you got a fair doctor or not. And, the attorney will likely want to submit comments to the ALJ - or ask for a supplemental hearing, or do other development.
You may want to talk to an attorney in your area so you can review the specific facts with counsel. You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. Most attorneys who do any amount of Social Security work are members of NOSSCR and provide a free initial consultation. In any event, no attorney may charge a fee for work on a social security claim until it has been approved by Social Security. The fee limit is a maximum of 25% of past due or back due benefits you are owed, and many lawyers charge less than the full 25%, and the money is not paid until your claim has been approved.
The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is www.nosscr.org.
In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security: The National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy, Divisions of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.
Their link is: http://www.nblsc.us/
You may also contact NADR (National Association of Disability Representatives) www.nadr.org – automated Telephone Referral System at 1-800-747-6131
I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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