In today’s day and age, virtually everything is available online. Want to connect with an old friend? Log in to Facebook. Interested in staying up-to-date with the day’s news? Follow a news account on Twitter. Want to quickly share a photo of your vacation with friends and family? Put it up on Instagram.
Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and loved ones whether they live next door or across the country. It is also useful in keeping your past friends from high school, college or an old job up-to-date with changes in your own life.
That being said, users of social media need to be aware that putting the wrong things online can also do harm to a user, especially if you are filing for Social Security Disability benefits. That’s right, something you may have posted online, although seemingly innocent, can have the ability to affect a disability examiner or administrative law judge’s opinion about you.
Fortunately, by law, official rules prohibit those examiners and/or judges from actively searching the Internet to find information on Social Security disability applicants. But, that does not mean they never do — it just means your social media cannot be listed as a primary reason for denying your application.
Now, this does not mean you should just give up your Facebook profile or Twitter handle, it just means you should be wary of what you have publicly available online and how it can affect someone’s perception of you.
A good way to start vetting your own online presence is to do a quick Google search of your own name. That way you can see what comes up and what others would see if they did the same. Objectively review the results and if you feel anything you have posted could be misconstrued in a negative light, regardless of what it is, it might be in your best interest to delete it.
After going through your social media accounts, to be extra safe you should set your account to private if they already are not. This is also a good idea to do regardless of whether or not your are apply for Social Security disability benefits.
With your social media profiles vetted and set to private you should be safe when it is time for the Social Security disability process to begin. Still, to be sure, you should contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Silverman & Roedel, LLC have the experience and are committed to helping their clients achieve the best possible result. Contact their office today at 973-772-6411 for a free consultation.
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