I have applied for disability "Social Security" for my daughter 5 yrs ago and have been getting denied left and right. We recently had a appeal hearing on Dec 20th 2017 in which i had to bring my daughter to the hearing for the 1st time. I called on Feb 7th to obtain the status and was told that the Judge made a decision on Feb 30th 2018 and that it was sent to the underwriter. Can someone let me know if this means she has been approved?
It is not yet possible to determine whether she has been approved. What you were advised is that the ALJ has arrived at decision, but the decision must still be published in writing. An attorney who works for the SSA hearing office, known as a "decision writer" will write the decision for the judge, and the judge will review and edit as necessary and eventually sign off on it. You should know within the next few weeks.
It means the decision is made and in the process of being written and published. There are time limits for everything in the SSA process It will be out shortly and certianly before next Feb 30, 2018 which will never occur.
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I'm sorry to hear of your struggles with getting benefits for your daughter. This can certainly be a long a frustrating process. I agree with my colleagues that the only way to know for sure what the decision is, is to wait to receive it in writing. I will add that even when your case is with the attorney decision writer, it can take some time to get it in the mail. I have had cases in decision writing, or pending decision writing, for well over a month. There really is no set time limit for the decision to be written, though I am sure those at the hearing office are encouraged not to let things lag too long. You may be waiting a bit longer. Hopefully you'll hear good news. If not, I would encourage you to discuss with an attorney a possible appeal, if you don't have one already. Good luck!
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