Waiting In Rochester
Smith ultimately waited for three years before his appeal was heard by an administrative law judge in Rochester.
The hearing on March 6 lasted about 10 minutes. The judge asked Smith a few questions about his surgery and medical problems, and said that he had already reviewed the materials. Most claimants have to wait 30 to 45 days for a written decision; but this time, Smith was lucky. The judge granted his appeal on the spot.