Social security disability cases vary greatly in processing time from case to case. Many claimants are surprised to find out that, after months of review at the initial and reconsideration levels, they will likely need to wait over a year before their case is heard by an Administrative Law Judge.
For claimants applying for a hearing, NOSSCR reports, as of August 2015, the national average processing time was 517 days. Comparatively, as of September 2015, for the Madison hearing office, who handles claims for central Wisconsin, the average processing time was 404 days.
More information and statistics are available on socialsecurity.gov.