Earlier this week, hundreds of current and former emergency workers in New York were indicted on charges of Social Security Disability Fraud.
Reports from the New York Times indicate that in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, dozens of firefighters and police officers were coached as to what to say and how to act in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. They told investigators they had memory issues and were so emotionally and psychologically scarred from the event, they were left unable to work.
An investigation into some of the claims proved the men and women were not suffering as they had claimed and were leading normal lives while not working. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say the discoveries could have significant impacts on the way benefits are distributed, as well as how the Social Security Administration follows up on cases.
Those applying for benefits can expect to face a stringent burden of proving both a disabling condition and its effects on one’s ability to work. Current data states an estimated 60 percent of initial claims are denied due to reasons such as lack of evidence or records. Those receiving benefits can also expect to show continued disability following the charges.