One concern Drummond Law is all too familiar with from its clients is that it takes way too long for a Social Security Disability “SSD” or Supplemental Security Income “SSI” case to get to a hearing with a judge. At Drummond Law, we agree with this concern that it is taking entirely way too long for Social Security Disability applicants to get their case heard.
The current time frame at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) offices in Peoria, IL and St. Louis, MO from the date of filing to the date a hearing is held in front of an Administrative Law Judge is more than 2 years. In fact, the wait for a hearing after one is requested is 15 months/502 days in Peoria and 590 days/20 months in St. Louis. Source: http://www.disabilityjudges.com/state/ missouri/st-louis and http://www.disabilityjudges.com/state/illinois/peoria.
The biggest reason for these delays is due to the increased number of applicants of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits particularly in the St. Louis ODAR region, which has one of the longest wait times for hearings in the entire nation.
Drummond Law understands that these long waits for decisions and hearing dates from Social Security cause enormous financial problems for applicants. Because of this, we take whatever steps we can to speed up your case so you can get a quick approval for SSD or SSI.
However, some times the procedures that can be used to speed up a case do not apply to a specific case and other times the procedures used to speed up the process are denied by Social Security. If either of those occur, your case will have to proceed until you are in front of an Administrative Law Judge.
If you or someone you know is seeking Social Security Disability and is tired of having to wait so long to get a decision from Social Security, contact Drummond Law at (800) 842-0426 for a FREE Consultation to determine whether we can help speed up the process.