In today’s world, it’s difficult to find a person that isn’t on some form of social media, be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or another platform. Status updates and sharing pictures with our online friends are now commonplace, and sometimes we hit the “send” button without thinking too much about it.
When something major happens in your life, such as a work accident or injury, you may feel inclined to share your experience online. However, a seemingly innocent post could have devastating effects on the outcome of your work injury claim.
Social Media Used Against You
Let’s say that you were involved in a workplace accident where you slipped and injured your back. While you are recovering from this injury, you are unable to work and suffer lost wages. So, you file a workers’ compensation claim in order to get benefits and make up for this lost period of work.
During this time off work, you try to keep up your fitness levels as best you can and go for regular jogs or hikes. Each step you take is empowering to you because you know that you are slowly starting to feel like your old self, and you begin posting your workouts on social media. Later, you’re out to dinner with a group of friends you haven’t seen in a while, laughing and smiling and looking pain-free.
While you know that your injuries and pain are still legitimate and very real, it may not appear that way to someone who was to scroll through your online accounts. Insurance adjusters have been known to use social media profiles as evidence in order to disprove the severity of an individual’s injuries and reduce their settlement amount or benefits.
Remember that it is their job to find anything they can do to disprove your claim. Even if you have every privacy setting placed on your social media account, there’s really no way to truly make something you put on the internet private or know exactly who is viewing it.
What To Avoid Posting
If you are unsure whether a picture or post may harm your case, it’s better to be safe and avoid posting it altogether. If you have any other questions regarding your workers’ compensation claim, The Edwards Law Firm is here to provide you with the answers you need.
At our firm, we believe in treating each client like they are a member of our family. We are here to guide you through your workers’ compensation case and provide you with all the necessary guidance and legal advice that you need to obtain maximum benefits.
Contact The Edwards Law Firm at (361) 541-6333 to get started with a free consultation.