HEARINGS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

If your offices are closed, will I still have my hearing? Yes. At this time, Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) are only able to conduct hearings by telephone until we resume our standard operations. Our hearing office staff will contact you or your representative in advance of your scheduled hearing to confirm your availability for a… Read More

Video Hearings at Social Security Increase Efficiency

 by Doug Walker, Deputy Commissioner, Communications If you received a denial on your application for Social Security benefits, and appealed to an administrative law judge, you may consider conducting your hearing through our remote video service delivery (VSD). VSD allows judges to hear cases from applicants in any geographic area using video and sound equipment.  Although… Read More

JOHNSTOWN ODAR OFFICE STATISTICS

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Johnstown, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Johnstown is 598… Read More

ORLANDO HEARING OFFICE STATISTICS

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Orlando, Florida, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Orlando, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 18.0 months. The average case processing time in Orlando is 547 days.The… Read More

Waiting is the Hardest Part

One of the most frequent questions asked by clients is “Why is this taking so long?” Unfortunately, the answer to this question is very complicated. When the initial application is filed, typically we receive an answer within 30-90 days. Unfortunately, most cases are denied at the initial level. An appeal must be filed within 60… Read More