Nearly all of us use some form of social media. It helps keep up with friends and family and share what is going on in our own lives. Some people are more comfortable sharing details of our lives, and some are perhaps a little too comfortable in sharing. Regardless of that comfort level, it is important to remember that things they post have unintended consequences.

For example, those who file a social security disability insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim should be aware that they could send mixed messages, which could affect the claim’s approval. It does not mean that a claimant should stay off the internet, but they should be cautious because the SSA checks social media when reviewing claims.

Tips for not endangering a claim

Those online should exercise common sense when faced with unique situations, but some common issues to consider include:

  • Privacy settings: It is helpful that only friends, family and people you know have access to pictures, messages and private information; however, it is still a good idea to assume that anything posted could be reposted or accessed by strangers.
  • Misinterpretation: Be careful about posting something that the SSA could interpret as contradicting a claim. For example, an image of a time before the injury may reveal an uninjured subject who is possibly engaging in activities that they can no longer enjoy.
  • Injury details: Anything revealed about the injury and rehabilitation online mustn’t contradict the claim, including the circumstances surrounding the wound and the nature of the impairment.

Making the process easier

Applying for SSDI or SSI benefits is a process that involves some bureaucratic hoops, so it always seems to take longer than it should. This process can get more complicated if the injured worker appears to contradict their claim.