Feb 13

Latest on Wait Time for Social Security Disability Hearings


The Social Security Administration recently released their
report on the national wait time for social security disability hearing and the
number of pending SSDI claims.

According to the report, the present national average wait time for a Social Security Disability benefits hearing is 538 days.  This is down from the 595 day wait time in fiscal year 2018 and a bit more than two months less from the high of 605 days in 2017.  However, on average, Americans have to wait nearly 18 months to get a hearing.

wait time for social security disability claim

At a 16 months average, St. Petersburg is a bit better than the national average whereas Tampa is right at the national average at 18 months for wait time for social security disability hearings.  It could be worse.  In Chicago, social security disability applicants have to wait on average 24 months to get a social security disability hearing.  In Buffalo, the average wait time is 21 months and in Los Angeles West, people have to wait 22 months to get their hearing. 

At the end of 2018, over 801,000 Americans were waiting for the social security disability hearing.  Of that, there are 8,844 pending claims in Tampa. In St. Petersburg, 6,985 people have social security disability cases pending. 

During your wait time for social security disability hearing, it is important that you have someone working with you to gather the necessary information to support your claim for social security disability benefits.  This is not the time to sit and wait.  Medical documentation is important to support your claim so continued medical care is crucial.  Also, documenting your daily living limitations and restrictions is also important to do during this wait time. 

Yes, it is a long process, but in many situations, social
security disability benefits are the only way someone can survive after a disability
prevents them from returning to work.  Don’t
give up.  Fight for your rights.  Also, don’t sit and wait.  Take the time to solidify your case.


Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson help those fighting for their social security disability benefits.  They are the authors of two books pertaining to qualifying for social security disability benefits.  To obtain a free copy of one of their social security disability books, click here.  Attorney Matthew Noyes is a named partner at the Tampa Bay law firm of Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. For a free consultation about you qualifying for social security disability benefits, call us at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free consultation.

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