Watch Your Social Media Use – It Could Cost You Your NY Disability Benefits
Frank J. Dito, Jr.
You might want to think twice before posting pictures of you cutting a rug at your friend's birthday party - especially if you are claiming or seeking to claim disability benefits. Many insurance adjusters and disability claims adjusters are starting to look at the social media profiles of their claimants as a method of evaluating their disability. Even if the photos predate your disability, they may raise a red flag and become a serious threat to the security of your disability benefits.
As a general rule of thumb you should never post any information you wouldn't want made public to the Internet. Even with the highest security settings on your social media profiles, that status update, photo or video is still on another computer somewhere and therefore potentially discoverable by others.
When you are applying for disability benefits, or if you already receive benefits, you need to be aware of your daily conduct on social media sites. Many claim adjusters have been using social media evidence as a way of denying claims or severing benefits because they believe you are no longer disabled.
For example, if you filed a claim for disability benefits because you have been diagnosed with chronic back pain from a work injury and you post photos of yourself rock climbing or engaging in other strenuous physical activity, this may raise questions about your ongoing disability, even if the photos are from several years ago. If the disability claims adjuster finds evidence that you may no longer suffer from your disability they may terminate your benefits without notice.
There are many things to consider when it comes to social media and disability benefits claims that you need to be aware of when applying for or receiving disability benefits. A New York City disability lawyer can help you while you are dealing with disability benefits adjusters to avoid potentially damaging your case.
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