Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is a demanding and even intimidating process. You have probably heard that many people don’t get approved immediately after they apply. You probably also heard how time-consuming and detail-oriented both initial applications and appeals can be.
Now that the Social Security Administration (SSA) allows applicants to apply online, the process can be much more accessible for those who need SSDI benefits. Although many people raise an eyebrow at the idea of submitting their intimate medical information online, people submit similarly secure information to the federal government every year when they transmit their taxes digitally.
Online applications have become the new standard. What are the benefits and drawbacks of filing a digital application for SSDI benefits?
The positive side of online filing
As you can probably imagine, accepting digital applications makes the SSDI process easier for those who don’t have a vehicle or someone to help them get to appointments in person. Online filing could mean having several people there to help support you during the process, which might make it easier for you to avoid making crucial mistakes.
Additionally, online claims have made it easier for those with severe conditions to get benefits more quickly. The SSA has software that helps locate those with severe conditions who will likely receive an approval for fast-track processing. Digital applications also reduce the amount of manpower necessary for the intake processing of each claim.
There are some drawbacks to digital applications
Although many applicants benefit from digital claims, the online application process does have some downsides. Applicants may underestimate the help they need because they can do things from their home computer.
Data entry mistakes could result in a denial. People are often more likely to catch typos and similar mistakes in handwritten paperwork than they are when glancing over entry fields on a screen. Additionally, it can be difficult to provide all of the necessary medical documentation in digital format. Finally, applicants may have technological skills that fall short of what is necessary to submit medical records and tax paperwork digitally to the SSA without help.
Whether you have recently received a denial notice after submitting a digital claim or want help with your online application to increase your chances of success, talking with an attorney about your needs can help you avoid common mistakes and oversights.