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Applying for Social Security disability benefits online

When a person in Pennsylvania cannot work due to a debilitating illness or injury, they may in some circumstances qualify for Social Security disability benefits. One way to apply for these benefits is online.

There are some good reasons for applying for benefits online. First of all, the applicant can immediately apply for benefits without needing to schedule an appointment or stop in to a Social Security office. In addition, it may be more convenient for applicants to use their home computer to apply, and they can apply even if they are not currently in the United States. Also, by applying online, the applicant can fill out part of their application, save it and finish it later.

First, the applicant needs to determine whether they can apply online. To do so they must be at least 18-years-old. In addition, their medical condition must last one year or more and must render them unable to perform their job duties. Also, if the applicant's medical condition leads to the applicant's death, their family may in some circumstances be eligible for benefits. Finally, the applicant must have not been refused disability benefits in the previous 60 days.

In order to apply for benefits online, the first thing an applicant must do is look over the Adult Disability Checklist provided on the Social Security website. This document lets the applicant know what information the person will need to complete the person's application. After this, the applicant can complete the online Disability Benefit Application, along with a medical release form.

After an applicant applies online, the person will receive a confirmation that the individual's information was obtained. The person's application will be reviewed and processed. If additional information is needed, the applicant will be contacted. In some cases, the applicant will be informed if whether other members of their family may be eligible for benefits. Finally, the results of the application will be sent to the applicant via mail.

As you can see, there are advantages to applying online. If you have more questions about applying for Social Security disability benefits online, you can seek professional legal help.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Apply Online For Disability Benefits," Accessed Oct. 12, 2014

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