Private insurance companies will sometimes hire private investigators to follow applicants around to see if they are actually disabled. You may be wondering if the Social Security Administration will also use these tactics. While they usually will not, this doesn't mean that they won't under all circumstances.
Situations Where the SSA Might Spy on You
One situation where you might attract the attention of the SSA is if there is reason to believe that a crime is being committed. For example, if the SSA discovers that you have been working in secret, this is considered fraud and the SSA might launch a criminal investigation. Then, the Department of Justice will handle your case.
Also, if if the SSA believes that you are not injured, this may warrant an investigation. Fortunately, the spying is not as extreme as the SSA hiring someone to follow you around initially. However, if there is evidence that you are improving, you may be subjected to Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR). Then, you may actually be spied on.
Spying Methods Used
One of the spying methods used by the SSA is to hire someone to follow you around. They may observe you performing an activity that you shouldn't be able to perform if you are disabled. They may also obtain video surveillance, such as footage of you dancing at a party, which could be used as evidence that you're not as injured as you claim.
Be careful what you post on social media. Any posts that show you engaging in activities that you shouldn't be allowed to can be used as evidence that you're not as injured as you claim. Also, make sure that your friends do not upload videos or pictures of you to a social media account. Even if you are injured and probably shouldn't have engaged in these activities, the SSA may use this as a reason to deny your claim.
The Importance of Hiring a Disability Claim Attorney
If you are concerned about being spied on, one of the best ways to avoid this is to hire a disability claim firm like Scott E. Shaffman Attorney At Law who can help you navigate through the process. If you give the SSA no reason to believe that you are committing fraud or are not injured anymore, you won't have to worry about an investigation. If you believe that you cannot afford to pay for legal services, remember that the initial consultation is often free.