Overview of Disability

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How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

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Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Do they do an investigation when you file for disability?

Someone in a discussion forum asked this question:

"When you apply for disability, do they investigate you? Do they send someone to follow you and see if you really are disabled?"

Some might find this question humorous. However, it is a reasonable question. After all, when it comes to workers compensation or personal injury claims, a claimant may find themselves at the other end of a recording device, being recorded as they bring in the groceries, take out the trash, do minor yard work, or even play with their dog. All of which is ridiculous.

Fortunately, as social security disability and SSI are federal disability benefit programs, there is no profit motive to rear its head in the evaluation process to determine eligibility for SSD or SSI. In other words, if you file for SSD or SSI benefits, the social security administration will not dispatch "hired goons" to watch your various activities.

That said, however, it is best to mention this one reality of being on disability, which is the fact that one's neighbors may, for whatever reason(s), decide to report a person for fraud if a) they know the individual is on disability and b) they see the individual doing anything other than sitting in a wheelchair.

Because these kinds of unsolicited "fraud reports" are fairly common, they tend to get ignored. Very often, it just boils down to a neighbor being a busybody who has an axe to grind. But even so, for this very reason, a person on disability may wish to be careful about any personal information they disclose (such as being on disability) to individuals outside their personal circle, such as friends and family.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How and why to check Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability back pay
Non medical requirements for disability
Qualifying for disability, SSD SSI
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Who qualifies for SSI?
Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
How long does SSDI and SSI disability take to get?
Filing for disability with Depression
Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits with a Mental Condition
How long for a disability judge to make a decision?
While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability
Filing for disability with carpal tunnel syndrome
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Can you work if you get a disability check?
Disability application denied
File for disability, the application
How to get disability benefits
Conditions that get approved for disability
How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security