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ODAR Processing Times January 2012

 Posted on February 26, 2012 in Already Applied for Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes the average Social Security disability benefits claim processing times of all of the hearing offices across the nation. In the last couple of years, SSA has made a major push to "speed up" the processing of disability claims. Processing time means from the time a request for hearing is completed to the final disposition of the hearing request.

While the average processing times have decreased in the past year, Illinois hearing centers are still some of the slowest offices in the country. If you have applied for Social Security disability benefits, whether Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and you live in Illinois below is an approximation of what you can expect depending on the office working on your claim:

Chicago: 356 days

Evanston: 362 days

Oak Brook: 377 days

Orland Park: 363 days

For a frame of reference, the hearing office with the fastest average processing time in the country is the Shreveport office at less than half of these offices, 172 days.


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