Social Media Warning If You Have a Workers’ Compensation ClaimBy Katherine L on September 28, 2018 | In Workers Compensation
In today’s world, many of us turn to social media when something happens in our life – either bad or good – that we want our family and friends to know about. But social media should definitely be avoided if you have been hurt at work or have a work-related illness and have filed for Workers’ Compensation (WC).
Posting any photos or information about your activities may reveal information that can be used against you in your WC settlement.
Innocent Social Media Postings May Be Damaging
All available information about you and your injury will be scrutinized during the WC investigation process. This includes digging into your social media accounts.
These social media postings may appear innocent but can be very damaging to your claim:
- “Ouch! I hurt my back today at work but I’m doing okay.” Are you really? Your statement implies that your injuries are minor, but they may be more serious than you first realize.
- “Had fun playing touch football today.” Really? Only 24 hours after your work-related injury? The insurance company may use this information against you to minimize your injury.
Many posted activities that may contradict your claim that you have suffered a disabling injury include traveling, exercising, working, playing sports, and lifting heavy objects.
Use Caution with Social Media after a Workplace Injury
You may consider suspending your social media accounts. You may be vigilant about your postings but your friends may post an inappropriate photo or conversation.
If you don’t suspend your accounts:
- Set your privacy settings with only family and friends access. But never think that social media is completely private. A posting can be shared that can reach the insurance investigator.
- Never post anything about your injury or activities.
- Don’t accept new “friend” requests unless you are sure that you know the person.
We Can Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Application or Appeal
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call The Kenton Koszdin Law Office at 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation. Our Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, Kenton Koszdin, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.