Even SSD applications are online, but is convenient always best?

With the advancements that have been made in technology, we can basically run our entire lives from our computers. We can order our lunch and have it arrive on our doorstep. We can download the next book we want to read onto our tablet. When a pipe bursts, we can even schedule an appointment for a plumber online. But is all of this efficiency always in our best interests?

For those who are injured while on the job, in a car accident or under any other circumstances that make them unable to work, Social Security Disability benefits are often a necessary way to make ends meet. Guess what? Even these benefits can be applied for online, but is that the most effective way?

The Social Security Administration provides a way for individuals to file an online application for benefits, but going it alone can be a very difficult road. 

The first step in the application process for disability benefits is to determine whether the individual actually qualifies for benefits by having enough working credits. Understanding the qualification requirements is not easy, but even when done correctly, what happens if the individual does not have enough? An attorney understands every available option for the individual, including Supplemental Security Income. 

The second step of the application process involves determining whether the applicant's condition or combination of impairments qualifies them for benefits. Working with the SSA to prove this step is not easy. An attorney will ensure that not only is the proper documentation of the disability available, but that it is adequately considered.

The last step of the process involves determining an individual's ability to work. Again, this is a step in which an attorney's experience with these cases and expert knowledge of the requirements can make the difference between approval or denial of an application. 

Those who have concerns or questions about the disability process should seek counsel from an attorney who focuses on Social Security Disability. 

Source: Daily Commercial, "Apply for disability benefits from home," Thomas Milligan, July 28, 2013

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