When a person in Colorado or elsewhere becomes unable to maintain employment due to a disability, he or she may be uncertain where to turn for help. Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance can be a complex process, and it can take months to receive a determination. Individuals who are seeking disability benefits may also find it advisable to consider the methods used during the application process, as the easiest method might not always prove to be the best.

With the ease of access and convenience that computers offer, one may feel as though filling out an application online is the best method. However, with little to know experience in such matters, one could overlook important aspects or leave pertinent information out unintentionally. By meeting with someone in person to apply for benefits, an individual may gain a better understanding of the information needed in the application.

This can go beyond the initial application process as well, as filing an appeal with only the use of a computer is possible, but might not be the best route. Should an appeal lead to a hearing before a judge, one may find that showing up and presenting his or her case could be more beneficial than allowing words on paper to speak on his or her behalf. However, a person who is applying for benefits or appealing a decision may still have concerns, and seeking guidance from someone with experience in the area might be advisable.

Seeking benefits through Social Security disability can be a daunting experience, and an individual who is facing a similar situation could benefit from speaking with an attorney in the early stages. An attorney can evaluate the client’s circumstances and provide advice on the best course of action with which to proceed. Whether in filing an initial application, or appealing a denial, an attorney can assist a client in Colorado in pursuing the full amount of benefits achievable.

Source: cleveland.com, “Demystifying the Social Security disability benefits process: Jim Jirousek (Opinion)“, Jim Jirousek, Jan. 18, 2018