Should you worry about being report for disability fraud?
You have gone through a long and difficult process of getting disability. You have finally received it. You know that you’re going to have your disability reviewed every few years but you are willing to accept it.
But now, you have a new worry. Since nobody really understands why you’re disabled, you wonder if someone is going to contact SSA because they THINK you’re not disabled. You are getting disability for something that may not be readily understood. However, since someone sees you going to the grocery store, or the post office, or church, they think you’re taking advantage of the system. Now, not only are you worried about keeping your benefits, you’re also worried that you may be investigated by SSA because someone who doesn’t know anything about you condition reports you because they THINK you may be committing fraud.
Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that you have an ongoing duty to prove you’re disabled. This duty doesn’t stop after you’ve been found disabled. You, also, have to realize that, unless you tell everyone you meet about the conditions of your disability, you are going to have people who think that you are not disabled because of the things you are still able to do.
Is there anything you can do to stop this? Probably not. You can’t really control anyone’s perception of you or your condition. You can’t run into SSA and tell them that anyone who reports you for fraud is lying. The only thing you can do is be prepared to address any concerns that comes up.
You know you’re disabled. Just continuing proving it.