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What is the best way to apply for SSD benefits?

Most people probably don’t think twice about their ability to get up and go to work every day. However, when that ability is taken away by a disability that is caused by a mental or physical health condition, it can be scary. Fortunately, many people who face this type of uncertain situation may be able to apply to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

But, on the other hand, these same people may have heard rumors about how hard it can be to go through the application process for SSD benefits and that the majority of applicants are denied. They may be thinking, if I apply, what is the best way to do it? In today’s society, like with many things, the best and most efficient way is probably to apply online.

There are several benefits to applying for SSD benefits online. First, when applicants apply online they don’t have to experience the stress of locating and then going to a Social Security office, many times wondering if they have all of the documentation and information they need to complete the process. They can take their time and make sure that they are providing all of the necessary information to meet the requirements to qualify for SSD benefits.

Another advantage of applying for SSD benefits online is that applicants can start the process quickly after they become disabled. It is true that the application process can take some time to play out, so the sooner the application is submitted to the Social Security Administration for review the better.

Source: Social Security Administration, “Apply Online for Disability Benefits,” accessed on May 29, 2017

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