Social media allows people to stay connected, which is particularly helpful
after you’ve been involved in an accident. You may want to post
online to let people know you are okay, but this could backfire. Many
people don’t realize that insurance companies look at their social
media profiles to determine the validity of their worker’ compensation
claims. This means, if you are injured at work and file for workers’
comp, your social media posts could hinder your ability to receive a settlement.
How Social Media Posts May Affect Your Claim
Social media posts are considered public record. This means they may be
used as evidence in court. Why does this matter? After you have filed
a workers’ compensation claim, the insurance company will investigate
the situation to ensure your claim is truthful and accurate. This includes
searching your social media profiles to determine evidence of fraud.
If you post on social media after an accident that you feel fine, but you
are pursuing compensation for a serious injury, the insurance company
may use this social media post to dispute your case. They may say that
your injuries are not as serious as you say they are, or that they didn’t
occur at your workplace.
Social media surveillance has become a common tactic for insurance companies.
It helps them identify instances of fraud, and provides evidence against
those seeking compensation for nonexistent injuries. Furthermore, insurance
companies will investigate more than just Facebook or Twitter. Your posts
on Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Flickr, and even dating websites
may be used to undermine your claim.
How to Protect Your Case
The best thing to do is stay off of social media entirely. However, if
you do post on social media, you should at least set your privacy to the
highest level to discourage outsiders from viewing your posts. Social
media is a helpful way to stay connected after a workplace accident, but
it is best to use it sparingly until your case is resolved.
Our Glendale Lawyers Are Here to Help
If you have been injured at work, the Law Offices of Wax & Wax can
provide diligent representation. We have helped hundreds of clients obtain
successful settlements. With decades of combined legal experience, our
Glendale attorneys will discuss your options and help you file a workers’
Contact our office
today to schedule a free consultation.