Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – Hearing Office Wait and Approval Statistics

A major concern for people seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the time it takes to get their case decided once they reach the hearing level. It has been since December of 2015 that I updated the processing times and approval rates for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims for some hearing offices in Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. Please remember that these statistics are only for claims pending at the hearing level or Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. The claims at a hearing office have already been through the Application and Reconsideration steps (typically 6-12 months of waiting already).


· Average processing time: 502 days (up from 444 in May of 2015)

· 44% cases approved

Knoxville, Tennessee:

· Average processing time: 550 (up from 537 days in December of 2015)

· 45% cases approved

Chattanooga, Tennessee:

· Average processing time: 572 (up from 521 days in May of 2015)

· 50% approved

Kingsport, Tennessee:

· Average processing time: 416 days (up from 339 in April of 2015)

· 60% cases approved

Nashville, Tennessee

· Average processing time: 475 days (up from 465 in December of 2015)

· 46% cases approved

Franklin, Tennessee

· Average processing time: 509 (up from 475 in December of 2015)

· 50% cases approved

Middlesboro, Kentucky

· Average processing time: 515 (up from 410 in April of 2015)

· 40% cases approved

The hearing office staff work hard and understand the frustrations of the claimants and representatives, but they are hamstrung by the workload and budgetary restraints.

If you need more information about a Social Security Disability/SSI, personal injury, EEOICPA, long or short-term disability, Railroad Retirement Board disability, or a workers compensation matter, please contact the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser for a free case evaluation. We can be reached at (865) 584-1211 or (800) 806-4611 or through our website.




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