For many Michigan residents, who have been rendered unemployable due to some form of injury or illness that caused their disability, obtaining Social Security Disability benefits may be the only means of income. The state laws have now made it easier for individuals, as well as their dependents and relatives, to apply for Social Security Disability benefits by letting them apply online.
There are a few eligibility criteria to qualify one for online applications for Social Security Disability benefits. First, the applicant must be at least 18-years-old. Second, the applicant must not receive any Social Security Disability benefits prior to the application. Third, the disability claimed must be so severe that it is expected to prolong for at least a year or, if the application is filed by the dependents, may have even resulted in the disabled person's death. Finally, the application may only be filed by those who have not been rejected previously by the department within 60 days prior to the application.
A few documents may be needed for the claimant in lieu of the online application for Social Security Disability benefits. Many claimants and their dependents find it beneficial to consult professional legal help to aid them with their legal paperwork. The application form for the disability benefits and a medical release form may be needed to claim Social Security Disability benefits. A checklist has also been provided by the department to facilitate the application for claimants.
In many instances, a disabled person may not be able to move from their hospital or home. Providing online application help such Michigan residents to not only apply for Social Security benefits from their homes, but also aids in speedy processing. After applying for the benefits online, the department may also intimate their decision electronically.
Source: SocialSecurity.gov, "Apply online for disability benefits," accessed on March 3, 2015