Most people who file a disability claim may be surprised to learn that private insurance companies hire investigators to follow them around to places like gas stations, amusement parks, the grocery store, and even the doctor’s office to see if they can catch you doing things that they say they can’t. With applying for social security disability benefits there is an obvious fear of will social security spy on me? At Disability Associates, a social security disability law firm in Towson, Maryland, we want to help clear up any misconceptions today.
Unlike any private insurance companies, the Social Security Administration (SSA) rarely conducts surveillance investigations, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t or never will. Once you file a disability claim, the SSA looks for proof of your disability.
If the SSA believes there are grounds for a criminal investigation or if they believe that you are no longer disabled, spying can not completely be ruled out.
Rather than just surveillance, the SSA will periodically conduct Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR) to determine if a claimant is still entitled to disability benefits.
A CDR identifies disability recipients who show medical improvement after they file a disability claim and so are no longer entitled to receive disability benefits. If a CDR discovers fraud or criminal activity, the case will be referred to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation and prosecution.
Will Social Security Spy on Me?
If the SSA has a reason to look into eligibility for continued disability benefits, they will most likely use one of the following methods:
- Direct Observation: The SSA could have someone follow you (in public places) to catch you doing things (dancing, lifting heavy objects, walking long distances, etc.) That proves your medical condition has improved and you are no longer disabled.
- Video Surveillance: This is where the SSA would try to catch you on video doing something (working out at the gym) that shows you’re no longer disabled.
- Social Media Monitoring: This is where the SSA will monitor your social media activity and feed for any remarks, videos, or photos that may show or imply you are no longer disabled.
About Disability Associates
Disability Associates, LLC, managed by attorney Tracey N. Pate, provides legal representation to disabled individuals who are seeking Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. Our concentration is exclusively on Social Security Disability Law. It’s all we do! We know that filing for Social Security benefits can be a long and frustrating process. We are dedicated to taking the weight off of our client’s shoulders by simplifying this process for them. There is absolutely no charge unless we win your case.