Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like Indiana – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.
Why is State-by-State Information Important?
Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and Indiana social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.
Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.
Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.
While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.
You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in Indiana below.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Indiana – What You Need To Know
There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how Indiana compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.
As the table shows, Indiana has overall lower approval rates compared to the national average. Indiana is 4% lower at the Initial Application level and lower by 2.8% at the Reconsideration level. The difference is very slight at the Hearing level, by 0.4%.
Indiana Initial Application Approval Over Time
|Initial Application Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart show, Indiana has been below the national average at a consistent rate of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Indiana ranked 44th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have remained relatively the same in Indiana over the last few years, they still are lower than the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
Indiana Reconsideration Approval Over Time
|Reconsideration Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, Indiana has improved over the years. Their approval rating is still lower than the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Indiana ranked 48th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.
Indiana Hearings Approval Over Time
|Hearing Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, Indiana has improved in the past 8 years. Indiana is has a better approval rating than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Indiana ranked 22nd in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Indiana are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in Indiana may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.
Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.
Indiana SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office
Indiana is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 5,” which is headquartered in Chicago. There are 4 hearing offices in Indiana. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Indiana and National Averages.
The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.
The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.
The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.
|Hearing Wait Time (Months)||Average Disposition Time (Days)||Average Approval Rate (2019)|
As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, Indiana as a whole has shorter average wait times than the national average. An exception to this is the Indianapolis office which has an average wait time of 17.4 months. The approval rates for all of the offices below average, none of which reaching 50%.
These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.
Hearing Offices in Indiana & The SSA Offices They Serve
These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Indiana. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.
Hearing Office Region 5 Evansville SSA, OHO
Old Post Office, 2nd & 3rd Floors 100 NW Second Street
Evansville, Indiana 47708
(855) 863-3559 • (812) 424-4688 • (877) 670-6913
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ILLINOIS: Carbondale, Effingham, Harrisburg, Mount Vernon, West Frankfort
INDIANA: Evansville, Vincennes
Hearing Office Region 5 Fort Wayne SSA, OHO
6511 Brotherhood Way
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825
(866) 770-1735 • (260) 484-7188 • (877) 670-6916
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
INDIANA: Auburn, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Marion
Hearing Office Region 5 Indianapolis SSA, OHO
Market Square Center, Suite 400 151 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2510
(866) 931-4820 • (317) 226-5827 • (877) 670-6919
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
INDIANA: Anderson, Bloomington, Columbus, Crawfordsville, Indianapolis (Downtown), Indianapolis (Northeast), Indianapolis (West), Kokomo, Muncie, Richmond, Terre Haute
Hearing Office Region 5 Valparaiso SSA, OHO
1250 Eastport Centre Drive Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
(866) 873-1269 • (219) 476-1234 • (877) 435-0326
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
INDIANA: Gary, Hammond, Lafayette, Merrillville, Michigan City, South Bend, Valparaiso
MICHIGAN: Benton Harbor
List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Indiana
|Office Name||Location||Address||City||State||Phone Number|
|INDIANAPOLIS IN||RM 685||575 N PENNSYLVANIA ST||INDIANAPOLIS||IN||(800) 772-1213|
|SOUTH BEND IN||602 SOUTH MICHIGAN ST||GROUND FLOOR||SOUTH BEND||IN||(877) 274-5415|
|EVANSVILLE IN||2300 N GREEN RIVER RD||EVANSVILLE||IN||(877) 768-5679|
|TERRE HAUTE IN||222 CHERRY ST||TERRE HAUTE||IN||(866) 635-0282|
|FORT WAYNE IN||2122 LINCOLNWAY CT||FORT WAYNE||IN||(877) 223-6061|
|RICHMOND IN||500 NORTH A STREET||RICHMOND||IN||(800) 772-1213|
|LAFAYETTE IN||10 S. 2ND ST||LAFAYETTE||IN||(888) 884-0522|
|KOKOMO IN||353 W. ALTO RD||KOKOMO||IN||(866) 365-3036|
|MUNCIE IN||600 NORTH WALNUT ST||MUNCIE||IN||(866) 964-7586|
|GARY IN||808 SOUTH LAKE STREET||GARY||IN||(866) 593-2911|
|NEW ALBANY IN||3700 BLACKISTON BLVD||NEW ALBANY||IN||(800) 772-1213|
|BLOOMINGTON IN||515 W PATTERSON DRIVE||BLOOMINGTON||IN||(877) 819-2594|
|ELKHART IN||231 WATERFALL DRIVE||ELKHART||IN||(866) 426-0532|
|ANDERSON IN||117 S SCATTERFIELD RD||ANDERSON||IN||(866) 875-0394|
|HAMMOND IN||418 E DOUGLAS STREET||HAMMOND||IN||(877) 512-3859|
|MICHIGAN CITY IN||636 PINE STREET||MICHIGAN CITY||IN||(866) 248-2393|
|MARION IN||844 N MILLER AVENUE||MARION||IN||(888) 397-9795|
|VINCENNES IN||606 VETERANS DR||VINCENNES||IN||(888) 456-9531|
|COLUMBUS IN||2535 ARNOLD STREET||COLUMBUS||IN||(800) 772-1213|
|MADISON IN||150 DEMAREE DRIVE||MADISON||IN||(877) 692-3144|
|VALPARAISO IN||3810 CALUMET AVE||VALPARAISO||IN||(888) 472-6120|
|CRAWFORDSVILLE||1515 S GRANT AVE||CRAWFORDSVILLE||IN||(888) 577-1498|
|INDIANAPOLIS NORTHEAST||5515 NORTH POST ROAD||INDIANAPOLIS||IN||(800) 772-1213|
|AUBURN IN||1240 SOUTH GRANDSTAFF||AUBURN||IN||(866) 829-2170|
|INDIANAPOLIS NORTHWEST||6745 NETWORK PL||INDIANAPOLIS||IN||(800) 772-1213|
|MERRILLVILLE IN||1438 E 85TH AVE||MERRILLVILLE||IN||(877) 692-3142|
All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.
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Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.
More Important Information about The Application Process
Other Applying For SSDI FAQs:
- Can Citizens Disability help with my application?
- Does this process take as long as I’ve heard about?
- Can I receive both Medicare and Social Security disability benefits?
- Do I receive compensation while I wait for my approval?
- If I am denied, should I reapply?
- How long does it take for an initial application to be decided?
- What happens during the reconsideration stage?
- At which stage do I require an advocate?
- Should I give medical updates to the disability authorities throughout the appeals processes?
- Are there any costs to me during the appeals process?