Waiting for decision

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/17/2012 - 15:42

I became disabled in October of 2010 and applied for SSDI. I have been treated by my doctor every week since then and have retained an attorney for my SSDI process.

I have been paying in to the Social Security system for 38 years and am 55 years old. I had been at my last job for 20 years until I had to retire in June 2012 due to my disability.

During my hearing the judge asked the Vocational Expert if I would be able to do full time work in my present position and she told the judge that I would not be able to. The judge then asked I would be able to do full time work in any position and the VE answered no, that I would not.

My doctor also provided paperwork that stated that I have a total disability and could not do any work. I also provided a letter from my former boss who I worked directly for the entire 20 years stating that I was a dependable and dedicated employee until I started missing a lot of days during the summer of 2010 due to the start up of my disability.

I just found out that my case is with a Decision Writer and would be turning the case back over to the judge in a couple of weeks.

My question is, with my work history, age, doctors treatment and findings of the Vocational Expert, what would be my chances of being rewarded benefits?

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:15 Permalink

To be approved for benefits, you must be disabled as defined by the SSA. The SSA states that you are permanently disabled if you cannot do the work you were once able to, you cannot adjust to other types of work, and your disability has lasted, or is expected to last more than one year. Based on the information you have provided, you meet each of these criteria and should be awarded benefits. However, I don't know the specifics of your case so it might be wise to speak with a disability attorney or lawyer familiar with cases like yours.

Georgia fittsi (not verified)

In reply to by Molly C (not verified)

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 16:07 Permalink

I applied in April for a stroke haven't got a decision yet when do I get it's been 10 months


In reply to by Georgia fittsi (not verified)

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:49 Permalink

Hi Georgia, you may want to contact the SSA regarding this, you can call them at 1-800-772-1213.

Michael B. (not verified)

In reply to by Georgia fittsi (not verified)

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 16:54 Permalink

Hi, I'm kind of in the same boat I never receive a denial letter and it's going on 6 months, does that sound like a violation within the Social Security Administration. I don't know who denied me why I was denied when I was denied or anything else, the Social Security Administration is stating that I have a paper file and that's all they're telling me. Any help would be appreciated. Am I being screwed around have I been terminated without reason


In reply to by Michael B. (not verified)

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 16:37 Permalink

Hi Micheal,

If you had a lawyer during your application process you can contact them and see if they received anything about your claim being denied.

coffee bean (not verified)

In reply to by Georgia fittsi (not verified)

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 02:09 Permalink

Georgia my husband has been waiting for 3 yrs and 9 months finally had a hearing may 10th of 2018 and still has yet to get a decision notice .sept will mark yr 4 of this fight. I wish you luck.

Janet (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:15 Permalink

I know someone who has gone to a hearing and is waiting for a decision from the judge...and waiting...and waiting....and waiting.....and waiting. How long can a judge take to make a decision? Is there a limit or is it possible he cab hang it up in the system forever?

JAYDEE (not verified)

In reply to by Nathan (not verified)

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 20:52 Permalink



In reply to by JAYDEE (not verified)

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 16:08 Permalink

Hi Jaydee,
You may want to contact your local SSA office regarding your case, as they may be able to give you an update on your case. Every case is different, and so they can easily take varying amounts of time.

Sherry (not verified)

In reply to by JAYDEE (not verified)

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 18:00 Permalink

I had my hearing Jan 12, 2017.... Still waiting. Have not received anything as of yet.

David (not verified)

In reply to by Sherry (not verified)

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 10:10 Permalink

I had my hearing in atlanta on sept 15 , as of now may 30 , I have still not heard any thing

Johndoe (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 10:04 Permalink

It takes time but I have read that if you havent heard anything in six months to contact either your attorney or if not represented , call your local social security office and politely explain that its been over 6 months and if there is any further information that they may need from you.

Deb (not verified)

In reply to by David (not verified)

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 17:21 Permalink

That's after a hearing? Anyway, I had a video hearing. I'm in WI, the video is from St. Louis ODAR. I call them every few days, after 6 weeks went by, to find out it went to the writer. Call the site where you're judge is just to ask for the status of your disability claim. They won't tell you a time line, but if it was made, sent to the writers, or mailed. Make sure it didn't get lost in the mail. If you have a rep or lawyer, call them to check too. Good luck and God bless!

Debb (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:44 Permalink

Your welcome! My file is still with the writer. Probably another month before hearing anything, who knows. My rep said the process takes about 2 to 4 months total here anyway. Thr hearing was on 4/11/17, then it went to the writer on June 8th. Once the writer has it, it should take about a week, but currently still sitting in a pile, pending. But I call the rep and the St. Louis office every week now, or more. I am going to be evicted if I don't get some money soon, so my rep is going to send my eviction notice to the St. Louis office if it comes to that. May not make a difference, but gotta try. My local SS office said to give them a copy too, that if approved they will put a rush on it. I'm in a smaller city, this SS office isn't busy, unfortunately, my hearing was in Milwaukee which takes forever for the whole process. It's been 3 years so far since the beginning! If denied, I still need to hear so I can try to work, I'm 50, so on the edge of old, lol, and I'm an RN. Not sure if my skills are transferable, I graduated nursing school in 1994. Does anyone have any information on transferable skills, at the hearing the V.O. talked about a docking clerk job, huh? My lawyer talked the V.O. out of that position due to reaching too much because my cervical spine is a mess and my RFC reflected on limited reaching, etc.. So I guess nursing was out, I know it is but how do you take care of child and self on a clerks salary, part time, no way full time?? Anyway, thank you for any info. you can provide.

Shirl (not verified)

In reply to by Debb (not verified)

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 17:23 Permalink

Have you tried to submit a 'Dire Needs Request'? I got rid of my attorney and researched some things on my own. My Dire Needs Request got me to a hearing, within 11 months. My hearing was 6/1/17 and I just got the fully favorable judge's decision on 7/3/17. One of the standards is that there has to be a threat of impending homelessness. My lawyer hadn't told me anything about it. He knew I was in a halfway house, homeless, disabled and without ANY income. If nothing else, just look it up and see if you qualify. It gets you case expeditiously handled.


In reply to by Shirl (not verified)

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:03 Permalink

Hi Shirl,
Thanks for sharing! It's true, a Dire Needs request can help expedite a claim if you are in dire need.

Deb (not verified)

In reply to by Shirl (not verified)

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 17:51 Permalink

Thank you Shirl. I thought that was for people that had extremely sever situations, including near death. So I wI'll check into this, thanks again. I think my file went from pending to being written?? Nervous!

Neil (not verified)

In reply to by Deb (not verified)

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:58 Permalink

Hang in there Deb... i lived in a veterans shelter program in oakland for 15 months before i got my VA disability... It was a nightmare but totally deepened my belief in God. I just now finally had my SSA hearing and am waiting for the result.

Deb (not verified)

In reply to by Shirl (not verified)

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 18:00 Permalink

I also wanted to say congratulations! I hope you find a home, and your situation can improve. So sad that you are in a halfway home, although I'm also glad you weren't living on the streets! I cant believe my rep hasnt suggested getting a dire need also, knowing i'm going to be evicted possibly! Thanks again and God bless!

Cassey (not verified)

In reply to by Jim (not verified)

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 19:31 Permalink

After 5 months of requesting for a hearing me and my attorney appeared in court. She said it went good. But now I'm worried that I probably am going to be denied. it's been 105 days since my hearing and my file is still waiting to be assigned to a writer. It's been 15 months since my initial application and my hearing was in Nashville tn. Is there anyone on here who got approved after waiting this long for a decision after your hearing?

Tina (not verified)

In reply to by Cassey (not verified)

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:45 Permalink

Hi Cassey,
I am from Alabama but had my hearing by a Judge from Franklin, TN on 08/31/17. As of 02/20/18 I still haven't received a decision. My attorney said everything went very well and felt confident I would get approved. I'm hoping to find out also how long it will be before hearing a decision. As of now it has been almost 6 months since my hearing. When I get the decision I will let you know. When you get your decision can you let me know? Thank you, Tina

Leola (not verified)

In reply to by Sherry (not verified)

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 00:00 Permalink

How long does achild ssi for a decision arepresentative told me. About october. 24 2017 for s decision


In reply to by Leola (not verified)

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 08:58 Permalink

Hi Leola,
Every case is different and can take varying amounts of time, so I really couldn't say. Hang in there!

Jess (not verified)

In reply to by JAYDEE (not verified)

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:01 Permalink

I had my hearing in November 2016 and the judge has just now made a decision in my case..&& I still don't know what it is! I have to wait for it to be assigned to a writer who then sends it back to the judge who will then sends it to ssa who will THEN send it to me.. so just be prepared to wait for a while..

Jesse (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:14 Permalink

I went in front of the judge in April and I'm receiving disabled child adult benefits $385 but was cut off my ssi I have been disabled for 25 years the judge said the is most strange case he has seen and said he want me to go and have my iq test done and psychological evaluation and I have what's my chance on get my benefits back it's been 2@half years just to get in front of judge and now waiting over 60 days for decision please help

Christine (not verified)

In reply to by Jess (not verified)

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:48 Permalink

I'm in the same boat. Had my hearing sept 2016, and I called last week they said decision was made and sent to writers on may 21. They said 4-8 weeks

Pam (not verified)

In reply to by JAYDEE (not verified)

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 16:13 Permalink

Have you got an answer yet Jaydee? My son is still waiting. His hearing was early January....I can't believe it's taking so long. Almost 5 months.

Comanchejr (not verified)

In reply to by Pam (not verified)

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

i`ve been waiting for 3 months on my decision. it takes time' they dont get in a hurry ver often. my sister waited 6 months from the time she had her hearing, in tn

Deborah (not verified)

In reply to by JAYDEE (not verified)

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 17:15 Permalink

5 months, that's crazy! I had my hearing on 4/11/17, I just now found out the judge made a decision, and sent it to their writer (s). This in itself can take up to 2 months on average, but typically doesnt. I hope you got your answer by now, prayers for you!

Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by JAYDEE (not verified)

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 14:00 Permalink

Have you heard anything yet I'm at 93 days now head hearing in April

Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 07:20 Permalink

I also had a hearing in April and still haven't heard anything. Called judges office yesterday and they are expecting my file back from the medical experts?? any day


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:38 Permalink

HI there,
All cases are different, so it can take varying amounts of time before the SSA renders a decision. Hang in there!

Sara (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 19:32 Permalink

I had my hearing June 20 finally on October 23 I requested dire need. Friday October 27 I was informed my request was approved and my case is marked critical and go to top of list I’ve been waiting for my case to assigned to a decision I was told I could have a check as soon as 5-7 days. Never knew about dire need request until I spoke to my local office after waiting over 4 months for a decision writer to be assigned. Not holding my breath on it moving as fast as they say but at least now maybe I won’t be homeless!!!

Jay (not verified)

In reply to by JAYDEE (not verified)

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:12 Permalink

I am not sure what state you are in but I had my hearing in Fort Lauderdale FL on November 3, 2016 and was approved from the bench and I am still waiting. I was told they are short staffed and this is the reason for the wait. Meanwhile my life is being turned upside down!

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