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What is the average wait time for a disability hearing?


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The average wait time for a Disability Hearing varies from city to city, and state to state. In the city of Tampa, Florida right now, the wait time is approximately 18-22 months from the time that you actually request the hearing. However, that time can vary, based on backlog of the district office that you are working with, as well as the judge’s office. There are ways to be able to speed that process up, not to actually get the hearing itself, but to be able to get an on-the-record decision, if you have all of the evidence available to you at the time you are requesting the hearing.

There are ways to speed it up, if you qualify for a dire need situation, meaning that you don’t have a home, you are living in a shelter, or if you have a certain medical condition that is considered terminal. There’s an entire list of what’s called compassionate allowances, and that will allow an attorney to request an expedited hearing. If you don’t fit one of those, then you either have to wait for the hearing time, or your attorney can do the on-the-record request, to see if you can get a paper decision. If you can get that, that’s great. If you don’t, it doesn’t affect your wait time. You are not taken out of the queue, and so you are still in place for your hearing.

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