31 comments on “What happens after the Social Security hearing and beyond??

  1. I am 53 soon to turn 54 years old who is Bipolar, severe depression and was told I could not return to my old position which was a LPN. This is my second hearing with the same judge. I also have HTN, heart problems and kidney disease. We got the VE to state that I could not work. I had my hearing on February 23, 2012 and was told by ODAR that the judge have not made a decision. Do this sound good or bad

  2. johnny on said:

    I want to thank you very much for your Time, This has been the best answers to All my questions and you’ve taken a lot off my mind. again thank you so much!!!!

  3. Linda on said:

    My husband has applied for disability and has gone as far as the hearing with the Judge and is now waiting for the decision. He has been out of work since 2007 and this year is his fifth year out of work. He did not apply for disablity until Feb. 2011 because his problem is mental and it took a long time to get him into treatment and well enough to apply. We have been told that if he is turned down by the judge from the hearing, that he has 1 appeal he can make to a committee and then a possible lawsuit. We were told that if he fails on all of these that he cannot reapply because he would have been out of work too long. Is this true that there is a time limit to reapply?

    • My apologies for my late response to your question about your husband.

      Based on the limited information you provided, it sounds like your husband has a “Title II (DIB)” application. These applications are based on your quarters of coverage. According to your message, he is currently at the hearing level. If he is denied by the judge, he has 60 days to file an administrative appeal to the Appeals Council. If he is denied by the Appeals Council, he can then file a Civil Action in United States District Court and fight his case through the federal court system.

      Under the regulations, if your husband’s coverage expired during the Judge’s hearing review and the judge denies him, once your husband has exhausted all of his administrative and federal court remedies, he would not be able to re-apply for Title II (unless he returns to work). Your husband may try to apply for SSI but that depends on your financial situation.

  4. I have an my hearing done on October the 22th and, now I would like to know whats next for me?

    • The next step is to receive a hearing decision. You should receive a written decision in a few months. This decision is necessary for you. If you’re approved, the decision will ensure you are paid. If you’re denied, the decision will let you know the steps to appeal.

  5. Okay so I’m receiving my own ssdi benefit from my earnings. Since I was disable before 21 I am also entitle to adult child benefits from my father earnings. They say my case is at the Balitmore payment processing center it went October 17 2012 and that someone started working on it October 26-2012. So eventually how long should this take I’m am very exhausted since my I did my application on August 21-2012

    • Thank you for your question.

      Typically, it takes 60 to 90 days for them to process your benefits in order to ensure that they properly calculate your benefits. I know it may be frustrating but it is truly to your benefit for them to calculate your money properly or you may end up with an overpayment.

      It appears you filed your claim in August 2012 and was approved fairly quickly. I always stress to persons who have had their case approved quickly to be patient since, based on my experience, the average person may take a year or longer to get approved.

  6. angelpink on said:

    Anthony, I have a lawyer fighting for my claim we are waiting on a judge’s decision on my medical records and dire need letter. I have severe cervical spondylosis of the neck and spine, severe osteoarthritis, depression, anxiety disorder, I have been waiting since June 12, 2012 with my lights being shut off in November and still waiting on a decision to either be awarded by the judge or have a hearing. We already appealed. We are trying to get my SSI disability claim expedited faster for an approval.

  7. My mother has early onset dementia. We thought she was on a “fast track” to receive benefits, but got a letter on Friday saying she was set up for a hearing in December. Is there a chance they will “fast track” her decision because of the illness? She has been out of work for two years. We first filed in Feb. of 2011.

    • Thanks for your question.

      In some instances, the Social Security Administration will expedite a claim if the person falls into two situations:
      1) Terminally Ill – the person is expected to die soon.
      2) Dire Need – the person is experiencing extreme financial hardship (i.e. foreclosure, bankruptcy, eviction, etc.).

      Unless your mother can show she falls into one of those categories, her case may not be expedited.

      The Social Security Administration typically doesn’t expedite a person’s case just based on their medical condition. Everyone’s case is processed based on when their request for hearing was processed.

  8. I will a letter to my attorney and it was a dire need letter. explaining my situation about the house we live in without lights.i can to become homeless at anytime. the judge denied my dire need letter. I’ve been waiting for some time to my case to be heard by the right person I was wondering if there is a way for me to appeal a judge’s decision.

    • Mr. Daniels,

      I’m sure your attorney can help you appeal the judge’s denial. However, I’m sure your attorney will, also, tell you that you need more supporting documentation to demonstrate you are in dire need. Supporting documentation is much more convincing than merely appealing the judge’s denial.

  9. I have been out of work since 2003. Applied in 2004 and got a call yesterday that I am finally approved. I had two appeals before a new Judge realized my difficulity. This website has answered pretty much all of my questions. The call was to get my direct deposit info. Letter to follow in 7 to 10 days (as I was told)
    When I could no longer work I moved back in with my ex husband. eventually we remarried so I could at least have some insurance for my medical needs. Being dependent on someone after being on my own for seven years was difficult but I am so grateful he and I had a polite divorce. We make great roommates but asking to purchase ‘wants’ aside of ‘needs’ is degrating. I finally feel like a human being again. TMI…sorry :)
    So, thank you so much for taking the time to help all of us who may have been lost with needing direct straight forward answers.
    Have a Blessed Christmas (yes, I am politically INcorrect) lol

  10. my hearing was nov. 21, 2012…..does a denial letter take just as long as a reward letter, if thats the case? I pray that its not!!!

  11. shawna on said:

    Dear sir,
    I had a hearing October 3, 2014 the judge gave me a bench descion because of ESRD and curently PD Dialysis they labled my case critical but I have not received anything. I thought if your case was critical they expidite. I would appreciate any help you can give. Thank You Shawna

    • Anthony Reeves on said:

      Thank you for your question. Call your hearing office and ask them the status of the case. They can answer your question about the timeline.

  12. Richard on said:

    I applied for disability, in April 2010, and after hiring a new attorney was given a ‘Fully Favorable’ decision on October 14, 2014.
    I have been contacted by my local SSA office, applied for SSI benefits for which I was told by my new attorney that woukd be denied, but tomorrow is the 30th day since I filed the claim, and will obviously be denied since they have not received all the information they requested.
    My question, orquestions are, once the local office denies the SSI claim, how long for the payment center to figure and release my backpay? Shouldn’t they already have the base amount figured already and just need to deduct my attorney’s fees and send payment? If I haven’t received a ‘Notice of Award’ letter and I receive my back pay, how do I know it’s correct, and if it’s not, what should I do? How does my attorney know what my monthly benefit amount will be if they haven’t sent out the ‘Notice of Award’ letter?
    Thanks for taking the time to read my rambling and for all you do.

    • Anthony Reeves on said:

      Thank you for your questions. I noticed in your message that you indicated that you have an attorney. Your attorney is the best resource to answer your questions.

  13. Jason Higgins on said:

    My hearing was August 22, 2014 and I waited a while I called today social security office and the representative told my case status is September 23, 2014 post hearing write up and what does that means

    • Anthony Reeves on said:

      Thank you for your question. I would recommend you to contact your hearing office and ask them to explain what “Post hearing write up” means. This way, you will have an exact explanation of what they are doing with your case.

  14. Naomi on said:

    Hi I had my hearing on May15,2015 called the hearing office today and was told that decision has been made and case sent to disability attorney for writing can someone tell me what this mean please.

    • Anthony Reeves on said:

      Most people don’t know that the ALJs make the decision but someone ELSE actually writes it for them. The judge gives the person directions and they follow those directions. They don’t do anything independently. The judge tells the decision writer (which is an attorney) to write a decision and what they want in the decision.

  15. Shelia Kendle on said:

    had alj hearing jan 2015,get a letter today 5/2015 for another hearing in august 2015 in another town

  16. Victor Mott on said:

    I have a question. I had a hearing a month ago. April 23rd to be exact. My lawyer took me into a room and sat me down and told me FLAT OUT…. YOU HAVE BEEN APPROVED. My mom was in there with me. I called her this a.m. to check on things and she totally changed her tune. Saying that she doesn’t trust anything until she gets a written approval letter and that he told her things to lead her to BELIEVE he will award me. Which is not what she said that day. My question is what reason could she have to have said that unless it was true? Is it her just covering tracks for worst case scenario? I was happy last month and now I’m terrified….

    • Anthony Reeves on said:

      Judges will sometimes notify individuals at the hearing that they have been approved. However, the approval does not become final until a written decision is received. The reality is that anything can happen between the hearing and the date the decision is issued. I don’t know what state you are in but most states require attorneys to manage the expectations of their clients. In other words, it is your attorney’s responsibility to tell you “The good, the bad, the ugly”. In your case, ‘THE GOOD’ is the judge approved you at the hearing. ‘The BAD’ is the judge’s decision doesn’t become FINAL until you get it in writing. ‘THE UGLY’ is the judge can ALWAYS change their mind. Your attorney was doing what every good attorney is supposed to do. Let’s face it. If the judge changed his/her mind, you would probably be angrier at your attorney for not warning you that this could happen.

    • Susan on said:

      I had my hearing in Florida on 04/23/15 as well and have not heard a word. Was told by Attorney that a decision was made on June 24, 2015 but nothing in the mail so far!

      Googled so many times if this long of a wait is good news or bad news and see the same thing……….could be or could not be! ughhh the wait!

  17. I had my hearing in June 2015….it is now August 2015….. I am nervous, even my lawyer HINTED that we have won the case….. The Judge said that I will need a payee…does this mean I’m approved?

    • Anthony Reeves on said:

      You really need to speak with your attorney since they are familiar with the court you appeared and the judge who heard your case.

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