Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – Hearing Wait Times

On April 26, 2015, I posted the average processing times and approval rates for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims for East Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. Already, the numbers need to be updated. 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: 445 days (up from 432 in April)

•· 44% cases approved

Knoxville, Tennessee:

•· Average processing time: 550 days (up from 540)

•· 47% cases approved

Chattanooga, Tennessee:

•· Average processing time: 521 days

•· 57% cases approved

Kingsport, Tennessee:

•· Average processing time: 349 days (up from 339)

•· 57% cases approved

Nashville, Tennessee

•· Average processing time: 502 days

•· 46% cases approved

Franklin, Tennessee

•· Average processing time: 467 days

•· 52% cases approved

Middlesboro, Kentucky

•· Average processing time: 424 days (up from 410)

•· 45% 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, VA 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. Our office handles claims throughout East Tennessee, including Knoxville, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City, Morristown, Maryville, Rogersville, Dandridge, Tazewell, New Tazewell, Jefferson City, Strawberry Plains, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Loudon, Kingston, Halls, Maynardville, Crossville, Cookeville, Jamestown, Sweetwater, Lenoir City, Athens, Oak Ridge, Clinton, LaFollette, Lake City, Jacksboro, Bean Station, Cosby, Newport, White Pine, Mosheim, Wartburg, Sunbright, Pigeon Forge, and Deer Lodge.




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