There are two ways to apply for Social Security disability: in person or online. In this day and age, it’s easy to understand why people would prefer to apply for disability online – it’s convenient, safe, and quicker than going into an office to do so in person. This application method may not work for everyone; for those it does work for, it’s important to know the ins and outs of applying from your computer. Keep reading to learn our best tips for filling out your disability application online!
Advantages of Applying Online
When comparing applying for disability online or in person, applying online definitely has its advantages. If you are comfortable using online technology and know that you have all the documentation you need to get started, it’s a great option. Some benefits include:
- Save time – Applying online tends to go much faster than applying in person. However, it should be noted that applying online doesn’t mean the approvals process itself will be faster; that will still take time for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to process.
- Save money – By not having to travel to a Social Security office, you won’t have to spend additional resources on gas or transportation to get you back and forth.
- Health safety – If you have severe medical issues, it can be not only challenging but even risky to go out into a public space. Completing your application in the safety of your home means it’s one less thing to worry about.
- Flexibility – You can apply online at your own pace and at any time of day or night. You are also able to save your progress if you need to take a break and come back to it later on.
Situations Where You Can’t Apply Online
There are a couple of situations where you are actually not eligible to apply for disability online and instead must apply in person. This keeps the process streamlined and helps to avoid any complications or issues throughout the application.
Situations where you can NOT apply for disability online (or will need to finish your application through the local Social Security office) include:
- If you are applying on behalf of a child
- If you have never held a job or worked previously
Another consideration? If you have any questions about your application, have a complicated medical or work situation, or simply need assistance, you won’t be able to request help when applying online. If you have any of the above situations, it’s highly recommended that you apply in person.
Tips for Filling Out Your Disability Application Online
1. Collect Necessary Documentation
Be thorough when you collect medical documentation and other necessary information. Having these at hand as you work through the online application process will help speed things along, in addition to ensuring that the information you provide is consistent and accurate.
2. Follow the SSA’s Checklist
To help yourself stay organized, use the SSA’s checklist to make sure you have the necessary documentation to complete the online application.
3. Save Your Changes
If you need to take a break at any point during your online application, double-check that your work has been saved so you can pick up where you left off. Also, be sure to write down your application number or reentry code – this will allow you to log back in later on.
4. Fill Out Every Question Thoroughly
As you read through each prompt, there may be certain questions that you aren’t sure what to put for an answer. Do NOT leave any questions blank, even if you don’t know the answer or it doesn’t apply to you. Instead, write “I don’t know” or “does not apply” to avoid delaying your claim’s process.
Contact the Disability Attorneys at Woodruff & Mathis
Whether you fill out your disability application online or in person, applying for Social Security disability, in general, can be complicated. If you are applying for disability benefits, don’t hesitate to reach out to an attorney that specializes in Social Security disability to help you through the application process. To request an appointment with our lawyers at Woodruff & Mathis, please click here!