In the age of the Internet, nearly everything can be done online – shopping, watching movies, ordering groceries, and even applying for Social Security disability. But is this the best way to do it? There are several differences you should be aware of between applying online and applying the old-fashioned way, in person.
Continue reading as we aim to answer your question: “Is it better to apply for disability online or in person?”
Applying for Disability Online vs Applying in Person
It’s true that applying online can be convenient. The flexibility and comfort of doing so from your own space may appeal to some applicants, especially if you’re comfortable using online applications and are able to properly educate yourself about the process.
For those who need help with their application, however, it removes the opportunity to ask important questions that could be tackled in a face-to-face meeting. If there are any concerns or assistance needed during the application process, it’s highly recommended that you set up an in-person meeting.
Oftentimes people assume that if they apply for Social Security disability online, their approval process will be faster. This is typically not the case; the time it takes for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to process your application depends on your specific condition and eligibility. Even if you apply online, an SSA representative may still contact you to ask more questions regarding your claim.
Finally, there are some specific situations where you are not allowed to apply online but rather you must apply in person. Some examples of this include:
- If you have never worked – This would deem you ineligible for some forms of government aid and requires in-person assistance to determine which route is best for you.
- If you are applying for a child – This process requires that most of the application be completed in person.
Applying in Person
When you apply for Social Security disability in person, it gives you the opportunity to ask important questions and better inform yourself of the application process. It can get complicated quickly, and there is a lot of information that needs to be organized for a smooth application. Chances are, whether you apply online or in-person, you will eventually need to talk to an SSA representative at some point during the process.
It’s beneficial to obtain the assistance of a Social Security attorney during this process, ideally before starting your disability application. They can help you navigate through any complicated paperwork and prevent any unnecessary delays in processing your claim. If you are initially denied benefits and an appeal is needed, they can guide you in submitting those documents as well.
Contact Experienced Attorneys at Woodruff & Mathis
Applying for Social Security disability can be time-consuming and complicated, especially when done online without the guidance of a professional.
If you are in a position to apply for disability, now is the time to reach out to an experienced attorney to help you through the application process. Contact our lawyers at Woodruff & Mathis today to request an appointment!