Suppose your valid Social Security Disability claim is denied today, and you appeal that denial. How long will it be before your hearing is held in Upstate South Carolina? The wait could be up to 16 months! That is nearly a year and a half – on average – that you’ll have to wait before your appeal is heard, regardless of the validity of your need.
That bracing statistic is accurate as of December 2014 and can be found in the Social Security Administration’s online Public Data Files. The Average Wait Time Until Hearing Held Report presents the average number of months from the hearing request date until a hearing is held for claims pending in local hearing offices across the country.
The 16-month wait is for the Greenville, South Carolina office, which is where your hearing would be held if you reside in Spartanburg or Anderson County, S.C. The 16-month wait is the sixth longest nationwide and is shared by 16 other offices. The longest average wait as of December was 22 months for the Fort Myers, Florida office.