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N.H. Average Processing Times

The latest statistics for average processing times for the Social Security hearing offices have  been published. The average processing time for the Manchester, New Hampshire hearing office stands at 320 days – just under 11 months.

Processing time runs from the day the hearing office receives your request for hearing by ALJ to the day a decision is issued. The 320 days is an average. Some claims are resolved more quickly. A claim that goes to hearing and requires a lengthy written decision may take longer.

In New Hampshire, initial disability claims that are denied and appealed go directly to the hearing level. New Hampshire is a prototype state that skips the intermediate “Reconsideration” step used in most states.

The Manchester hearing office will provide you at least 75 days advance notice of your hearing date. As a result, your claim is likely to be scheduled within 6-7 months of your appeal. Your lawyer will use that time to strengthen your case, and to prepare for the hearing.

If you have received a denial of your initial claim, you should appeal right away by requesting a hearing. If you have not already consulted a lawyer, you should consult one very soon.

I offer a free consultation, and there is never a fee unless your claim is successful and you receive benefits.


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