[QUOTE=npainnfla;3857797]Hello all, I am new to this board. I have been on the chronic pain board and I read around on this one but have never posted. But, I am curious about a few things and I know you all are the ones to get the answers from.
How long after applying for an ALJ hearing did it take to actually get an court date? I know that it can take what seems like forever. My, lawyer told me to expect 14-18 months. He said this is the range that they go by and tell their clients when questioned. My lawyer is with Dale Buchanan. I am not sure if you have heard of him but he used to be a lawyer for Social Security so supposedly he knows alot about the ins and outs.
I applied for my ALJ hearing in May of 07. So, I am past the range they gave me. I know others have waited years to get a court date. I know last January I was reading on the SS website that they were hiring more lawyers to try and get the backload decreased, but didn't give an estimate of what to expect. It said they were going to do the "aged or dated" cases and get them through the system. The website said a dated case was one which had been waiting for 12 months or longer. I was so excited
when I heard this. I was not at that point yet but I knew I was getting close. Now, a year later, I am still in limbo, and haven't heard any further news.
I know that all of us are in the same situation with bills and insurance ect. ect. ect. So, I also wondered how you were coping. I have zero means of income, my husband left me over the disabilities, and now I am back to living off my parents and brother. But, I will get off my soap box sorry to keep blabing. It's just so frustrating.
Thanks for listening and for your input. Good luck to those of you who are going through this as well. Keep us all updated.
You are a lifeline
and it's nice to know that there are others who understand what you are going through.
HI Jenn, Like many others that are in the same situation it goes beyond frustration. If you have no means of income .. contact social services.. if you qualify and I am sure you will they will give you some mo nary assistance , help you find living place ..you may also be able to get food stamp and medical assistance.. kinda a stop gap till you get your SSDI and also you should also get SSI,, The length of time it takes for a hearing with the ALJ depends on what the backup time is in your area. You can find that out by calling SS 800 number or look on there web page,,
If you have an URGENT situation -- like eviction from your residence you might be able to get you case expected quickly.. its part of the SS law .. you can read about it in the ss page.. Talk with your lawyers for specific in your state..
I hope this helped.. Good luck let me know..