The most common question asked by disability claimants is “how long will it take for a hearing?” Throughout the years the waiting period has fluctuated. Currently, the Mobile, Alabama Office of Disability Adjudication and Review takes an average of one year to decide a claim. http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/01_NetStat_Report.html Remember, this is the time period from when the Request for Hearing is filed until decision, and not the time period from when you initially apply.
During this waiting period, it is best to see your doctor and submit any and all evidence connected to your disability appeal. There are also mechanisms that allow the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) to review your case and determine whether it can be approved without having a hearing. Usually, this requires submission of evidence that overwhelmingly supports your claim. Keep in mind that some ALJ’s rarely issue a decision without having a hearing and that your case is randomly assigned to an ALJ. As with many things, the amount of time you have to wait for a decision can sometimes be determined by the luck of the draw.