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(Slate)   Protip: If you're going to commit disability fraud, don't upload videos of yourself half-naked, wrapped in foil, and doing the robot to Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride"   (slate.com) divider line 10
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2013-04-25 03:52:46 PM
3 votes:
Just exactly why does "don't upload videos of yourself half naked, wrapped in foil, doing the robot to Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride" require a qualifier?
2013-04-25 06:50:13 PM
2 votes:

Profedius: These people get up to 2000.00 a month plus


WRONG!
2013-04-25 04:56:12 PM
2 votes:
One shouldn't do that whether they are committing fraud or not.
2013-04-25 06:23:27 PM
1 votes:

kiwimoogle84: antidisestablishmentarianism: sn68f: It also seems like it's a lot easier to get disability if you say you're depressed rather than getting it for actually being disabled. The system sucks.

I know at least 2 people who have done this.

I was able to take a leave of absence from work for solely this reason once a few years back. Granted I had just suffered something horrible and tragic, so it was legit, but I'm thankful it was an option at the time.

I don't get people who are on antidepressants when there's nothing wrong with their life though. Dated a guy like that. He said the medication make him function normally and he couldn't get up otherwise. I'm going, huh? His life was just fine, nothing had happened to warrant needing meds. *shrug*


That's the point.  If you're depressed because the bank took your house and your spouse ran away with your best friend and your dog got run over by a school bus and your hair is falling out and your kid needs a new liver  being depressed is a normal reaction.  If your life improves, you likely won't be depressed anymore even if you did need meds to get through it.  If you're depressed even though your life is pretty normal, then that's brain-chemistry-is-farked-up-won't-get-better-without-meds/counseling/ basket-of-kittens depression.

I want a basket of kittens now.
2013-04-25 05:18:56 PM
1 votes:
Disability is as much about not being able to obtain and keep gainful employment as it is about being "disabled." It also seems like it's a lot easier to get disability if you say you're depressed rather than getting it for actually being disabled. The system sucks.

I haven't applied for it even though I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, DDD, C4-5-6 cervical spine fusions, self fusing of the SI Joints to the hip bones and lower spine self fused from SI up through L2 and still fusing, otosclerosis to the the point my eardrum and Eustachian tube has collapsed, inflammatory arthritis, frozen shoulder, and osteo arthritis. I can't sit or stand for long periods of time, I can't do manual labor, I can't even brush my own hair or dress myself because of the frozen shoulder. However, I've already been told I'll have greater success with my application if I just file as mentally depressed.

800mg Ibuprofen prn, vitamin D daily,15 mg meloxicam daily, methotrexate weekly, folic acid daily, 120 10/650 hydrocodone/mo, 120 methocarbamol/mo, And zoloft to round it all out.  Still living off savings 10 months after quitting my job and getting out of the national guard (22 yrs!).

My bf got his SS disability approved because of his mental status even though he has surgical fusions of c5-6-7, severe bulging/nerve root impingement at C3-4-5, and C7-T1 and S1-5 fusions with rods on each side of his spine from a military tank accident. VA refuses to do anything about his current neck issues and only refers him to psych. VA just approved him 100% disability due to mental status/unemployability, not due to physical issues. He's a mechanic by trade and to just watch him try to work on cars is painful. When he does do work for friends/relatives, he winds up a twisted mass of pain for 3-4 days afterwards. No one would hire him like that. So it's not just "you can't work" it's more "you can't stay gainfully employed."

/I'm depressed because I'm in pain.
//DOC: No, you're in pain because you're depressed.
///ME: No, you farktard, I'm in pain because my farking skeleton is FUSING together all by itself!
////COBRA and savings running out in about 3 months
2013-04-25 04:59:10 PM
1 votes:

GoldSpider: I bet the investigation into this person cost more than the alleged fraud.


doubtful. Disability checks add up to quite a bit over time.

And from what i've heard from people hired to do the investigation, they're treated like independent contractors - get no benefits, no training. Have a camera? Great - go shoot this guy and get us pictures. We'll pay you when you're done.
2013-04-25 04:47:50 PM
1 votes:
They should sue them for all the benefits they ever got, plus interest.

Plus, they should be put on a list: never to receive one cent from the government again.
2013-04-25 04:47:04 PM
1 votes:
My friend used to be PI which I thought sounded like an awesome job, but mostly it involved him staking out trailer parks in Alabama to catch people scamming disability.
2013-04-25 04:46:38 PM
1 votes:
Why can't disabled people be half-naked and do the robot?  Clear case of discrimination if you ask me.
2013-04-25 04:06:30 PM
1 votes:
Look, I don't tell you how to live your life, subby.
 
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