Social Media and Workers’ Compensation

Insurance companies increasingly rely on private investigators to evaluate the activity of injured workers. These investigators are trained to examine all aspects of your life, including your online presence.

As such, posting anything on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can lead to a more thorough investigation. Remember that this can be used as evidence against you when you are filing a compensation claim.

It is essential that workers are aware of the implications of their online activities.

To ensure that your social media activity does not have a negative effect on any legal case you may be involved in, here are some practical steps to take.

● Be careful when it comes to accepting friend requests and allowing strangers to follow you on social media. The person behind the profile may be a researcher who wants to access your account for research purposes. Stay safe and only accept connections from known profiles.
● Be sure to set the highest possible level of security and privacy for your online profiles. It is important to correctly configure these settings to effectively limit who can access your profiles, thus preventing unauthorized use or access.
● Do not share information about your case on the Internet. This includes speculation about the amount awarded, discussions, legal, or other related matters.
● Don’t post photos of yourself at social gatherings or let your friends tag you in their photos. Even if it’s just a slight distraction in the middle of a difficulty, these images can be used against you.
● Keep in mind that even your friends and family’s posts on social media can be monitored. Therefore, it is not advisable to discuss too many details of the case with them.

By following these simple tips, you can avoid major complications that could jeopardize the success of your compensation case.

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