People applying for Social Security Disability or SSI are waiting longer to have their cases heard and fewer cases are being approved. The national average processing time for claims before the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review is up to 392, which is an increase of 10 from February of 2014, and up from 372 in December of 2013. Nationally, the average approval rate is 44% (down from 46% since December of 2013). In Tennessee, the average processing time is 419, which is up from the 407 days in February of 2014 and 388 days in December of 2013 with 49% of cases being approved. The approval rate has dropped from 50% in February of 2014 and 53% in December of 2013.
Periodically I like to post some useful information for Social Security Disability and SSI claimants in Tennessee.
For the month ending April 28, 2011, the three East Tennessee Office of Disability, Adjudication and Review (ODAR) offices responsible for handling Social Security Disability hearings were ranked in the top 30 for processing times. The Chattanooga ODAR came in ranked at 7th with an average processing time of 259 days. The Kingsport ODAR slipped some to number 18 with an average processing time of 284 days and the Knoxville ODAR came in at 27th with an average processing time of 295 days. There are 157 ODAR offices in the United States. Claimants should be aware though that these processing times are only the time for waiting for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. These times do not include the length of time for the Application and Reconsideration stages.