How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay
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.
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Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
Applying for disability in your state
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The listings, list of disabling impairments
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Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials
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Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application
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Qualifications for disability benefits
How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits
Qualifying for Disability - The Process
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Getting disability for fibromyalgia
SSI disability for children with ADHD
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Calling Social Security about a disability case
Getting SSI for children when parents get disability
Social Security Disability and financial resources
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How long to get a Social Security decision letter?
How to file for disability in New York
Social Security medical disability determination process
How to file for disability in North Dakota
Why does disability get denied?
SSD Notice of Award Question
Social Security Disability Award Letter Following an Approval
Social Security Disability and trying to work
Antisocial Personality Disorder and Filing for Disability
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
For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.
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