Can my Facebook Page Affect My Social Security Disability?

by DISABILITY PROFESSIONALS on November 12, 2012

Before everyone shared so much of their lives through social media, you may not have known much about your neighbor, nor kept up with your friends from high school, but nowadays a large segment of the population lives their lives online, in front of the entire world. This means, that any court case you have can be affected by your posts online, especially, when your case is one such as disability. Your activities are of great interest to an Administrative Law Judge who will decide whether or not the medical reports and your testimony is enough to garner an award of Social Security Disability benefits.

The rise of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites has encouraged people to post all of their lives (and those of their pets and children) online. Many times, no one ever bothers to change the privacy settings, something marketers and stalkers, count on. If the posts on your accounts depict an active life, one quite different from the picture you paint to the Social Security Administration, your benefits could be impacted. And it isn't only your posts that you should be worried about. If you are "tagged" in a photo, you could also suffer reduced, discontinued or never awarded benefits.

Disability Professionals recommends you take the following steps to ensure your online security and privacy:

  1. Immediately make your profile “private,” and set all privacy settings to the highest level. Ask your friends to do the same. If their privacy settings are set to "public" in certain accounts, your posts may still be visible.
  2. Do not discuss your accident, injuries, treatment,  or medications, on ANY social networking sites.
  3. Do not discuss recent activities that include physical exertion, abilities and limitations, or any mention of what you can and cannot engage in due to your disability.
  4. Know who your friends are.  Don't accept friend requests from people you don't know. Someone could be investigating your claim.
  5. Review your friend list and block anyone you are not 100% sure you trust. Investigators could get information from others who have access to potentially incriminating information.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email DisabilityProfessionals to set up your appointment today.



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