For several years Social Security has used “Cooperative Disability Investigations” (CDI) in an effort to root out fraud in the disability program. These investigations could be triggered by virtually any SSA employee. Sometimes a Disability Examiner could believe that you were underperforming on some test during a mental examination. A CDI could even be started on the suggestion of a disgruntled neighbor!
Under a CDI, the SSA requests a deputy sheriff to do a background check and then visits you, usually claiming you have been the victim of an identity theft. The deputies ask a few casual questions, ask you to read a short paragraph and then look at an array of photographs. But what the deputies are really doing is observing your ability to stand, walk, read, etc. A report is created and then filed as medical evidence with SSA.
This is just a reminder to always be truthful when dealing with SSA. If you are always truthful, you have nothing to worry about. In rare cases, these CDI reports can actually strengthen a disability claim. There are many issues to think about when filing for your Social Security disability benefits, such as this very important one. It’s best to rely on the many years of experience of a Board Certified Social Security disability attorney, such as those at Morgan & Weisbrod. Give us a call today for your free evaluation!
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.