As the Social Security Administration continues to keep up with new technology and address how Americans conduct business, they recently announced that the appeal process may be processed online. Earlier this year, the SSA revealed a new blog and has become more active with social media, including active accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and additional features and options to conduct interactions with the administration online.
Previously, the appeals process for Social Security Disability Benefit applications had to be conducted at a local office or over the phone. The administration states that the online process is secure, simple and convenient.
It includes documents regarding the appeals process, as well as outlines the rights to an appeal, and even includes online features which allow you upload relevant documentation, including necessary medical reports, treatment histories, a list of prescriptions and changes to your work, education, daily activities, and medical condition, all of which may help in getting an appeal granted and Social Security Disability benefits awarded.
The appeals process may still be difficult to navigate. It has long been known that as many as two-thirds of applicants are initially denied by the Social Security Administration. Often this is due to improperly filing the paperwork. It may seem to be an overwhelming process, especially for those who are already suffering from a debilitating illness, disease or condition that keeps them from work. It is very important, therefore, for people undergoing the Social Security disability application process to understand their rights and responsibilities when they need help.
Source: Social Security Administration, “If We Denied Your Application, You Can Appeal Online,” Jim Borland, Accessed on July 19, 2016