No one should ever take it personal if they are denied by SSD. I use to tell our clients, that I think if a person is capable of breathing, then they figure that person can work. Probaby 90% of our claims were denied and we ended up before an ALJ. Once we got to the hearing then they would win the claim. It's just difficult to get sometimes without jumping through the hoops and having a hearing. I have heard some states are tougher than others, I really do not believe that. The merit of the claim is based on your age, education and what those medical records say is wrong with you and why you can't work. This applies to all states. Now SSD uses these vocational experts in the hearings and those people are complete idiots. After all testimony is heard the judge looks at the VE and says is there any work this person can do and usually she/he says yes, then comes up with some type of job. Usually, the job is not within the person's restrictions so you have to start chasing down job descriptions from employers. Been there and done before. I do know in Tx they use them and rely on the VE's pretty much.
All a person can do is like WhiteBeard said, just be honest. There is no pulling the wool over anyones eyes because they have seen it before and this is what they do all day long so I am quite sure they would know the difference between something being real or something not so real, lol. Boy, think about it, don't you know they have seen it all at some point and time, lol.
I have not read what PaLady spoke of. But, I know they do this when people file for short or long term disability. The ins company will hire an investigator to go out and video the person hoping to catch them doing something they shouldn't be. Worker's comp does the very same thing. Its called an activity check. I always loved it when some smug adjuster would call up and say, I have an interesting video of your client that you need to see before my company files fraud charges against them. You have no idea how many times they videoed the wrong person, I loved it when that happened. That actally happened alot. But there was also times they caught them doing things they should be doing like, roofing a house, bent over for hours working on a car things like that.
Take care and happy turkey day everyone.
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