According to the latest social media update from Pew Research Center, 79 percent of adult Internet users were on Facebook in 2016, with many of those same adults using numerous other social media sites. More people are turning to social media sites to connect with friends, co-workers and loved ones, but disabled adults thinking about applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits need to be prudent with what they post on these sites.
If a disabled individual places information on a networking site that ignites questions about whether he or she is actually impaired, it can cause numerous issues. Information on social media from disabled people have already been used to stop benefits, according to Government Executive. In addition, with speculations surfacing regarding Social Security Disability benefits fraud, The Washington Times reported lawmakers are asking the Social Security Administration (SSA) to use social media to investigate Social Security Disability claims.
To protect yourself, speak with your Social Security Disability benefits lawyer about what you should and shouldn’t post on social media while you apply for Social Security Disability benefits as well as for the duration of receiving Social Security Disability payments. Many Social Security attorneys will advise that you stay off social media completely or limit your use of the networking sites. Because so many people are on the sites where information is easily accessible – even if you have strict privacy and security settings around your profiles – you need to be extremely careful about what you share online.
What Types Of Posts Can Cause Red Flags
According to Government Executive, a rock musician was receiving Social Security Disability benefits for years, but his payments stopped in January 2014 because the Social Security Administration became aware that he might not be as disabled as previously believed due to the information he shared online. The news site reported agency claims reviewers found through his social media posts that he was still performing, which called into question whether he was disabled and eligible for benefits.
Social media isn’t just being used to catch Social Security Disability beneficiaries with fraudulent claims, but workers’ compensation and insurance fraud as well. Stories abound about how social media has helped claims adjusters and insurance companies investigate questionable claims. For example, Leaders Choice Insurance reported a Los Angeles man alleged his back injury stopped him from working, yet posted on his social media profile that he bowled a perfect game. What this tells investigators is that this person’s claim may be fraudulent.
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