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ALJ Decisions on SSD Benefits Taking Longer

Americans wait an average of 600 days to receive a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.  Now they must wait an average of 78 additional days to find out whether they will receive those Social Security Disability benefits.

This delay is an increase from 56 days in fourth quarter of 2015 to 78 days in the first quarter of 2017, with no end to the increase in sight.

11 percent of Americans are waiting 120-180 days or more to receive their decisions after their ALJ hearings, and 14 hearing offices have reported waits of 700 or more days for a hearing.

The best way to avoid the increasing backlog is to seek professional help at the application stage.