There really is no rhyme or reason to the length of time. Much may have to do with how many decisions the Judge has to have drafted, how big his staff is (staff shortages due to budgetary cuts), and if the judge currently has a relatively high load of claims. That being said, consider trying the 1800 772 1213 number or your local office and ask if they can look up if a decision has been made. One wise guy worker recently said to a friend of mine, "Did you get correspondence from us?" She said, "No." "Then there has not been a decision." Of course, that clueless worker failed to realize that the reason she was asking was because of concerns of lost mail - a growing problem with the current state of the USPS, some believe. Note also that after the Judge's decision goes to you (or at the same time), it goes to a payment center for the numbers to be determined. If you gave them direct deposit information, it may pop into your account and that, of course, will be telling. If that happens, you know the decision got lost in the mail.
If you have a lawyer call them. Also, there is a phone number on your hearing notice which you can call with any questions. Or, if you don't have that you can find online the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review where you case was heard. Good luck.
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There are no real ways to predict how long the decisions will take. Sometimes the slam dunk cases take months to receive their decisions. There is no correlation between the value of the case and the amount of time it takes to respond. Most of the time it is more dependent upon how busy the judge is, if the hearing was near a holiday, etc. Just be patient neither you nor your attorney will be able to speed up the process.
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The standard response time for a Judge to make a decision in Las Vegas is approximately 1-3 months. However, there are things that can delay that standard time: the complexity of your case, the holidays, the amount of hearings that the Las Vegas office is doing. You can always call the Las Vegas ODAR and ask if a decision has been made yet.
I get this question constantly, and the only answer i can give is that the ALJ's can take as long as they want. It is a lose-lose situation for the client. The last thing you want your attorney to do is pester the judge's office about the decision. You run the risk of annoying the judge and having him or her write a an unfavorable decision....it's the harsh reality of things.