A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney provides help in applying for benefits from the Social Security Administration if you are too disabled to work. Two programs -- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) -- provide monthly disability income for qualifying workers with serious long-term medical conditions expected to last a year or be terminal.
There are many strict qualification requirements for obtaining SSDI or SSI benefits, including meeting a specific definition of disabled. The SSA considers a number of factors, including evidence provided by your treating physician. The Social Security Administration might also look at your social media profiles to try to get clues into whether you're actually disabled or not. To make sure your social media doesn't hurt your benefits claim:
- Don't post anything that could indicate your disability isn't serious: There have been many cases where people lost their Disability benefits because it was determined that posts on social media showed they weren't hurt at all. For example, a worker might lose access to benefits -- and even face fraud charges-- if he claims to have a severe back injury but posts pictures of himself lifting heavy boxes to help a friend move.
- Don't let your friends or loved ones tag you in pictures: While you may be careful what you do with your digital content, your friends may not be. You don't want to be caught in an inopportune moment where you look healthier than you are and end up losing benefits because the photo of you at this moment is tagged on social media and catches the eye of disability claims examiners.
Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyers can help you to understand how Social Media could impact your disability benefits claim and can assist you in taking appropriate steps to get benefits. Call today to find out more.