Reality TV wanna-be’s seem to be everywhere lately, taking their search for fame and fortune beyond the bounds of common sense. An interior designer from California appeared on a home improvement show while collecting disability insurance. Sadly for him, an employee for the insurance company was a big fan of the show. He was convicted for insurance fraud and tax fraud and had to pay the private insurance company more than $150,000.
Moral of the story – when you are disabled and on claim, everything you do can and will be used against you. Insurers are going to all lengths to terminate or deny claims. By putting yourself out in the public eye, whether through a television reality show, live radio call-in show, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, or any public forum, can and very likely will have a negative impact on your claim.