Many of us engage in social media these days and even utilize several different platforms to share our thoughts, activities, photos, and more. Given how common it is, most never even consider the ramifications of post their vacation photos to Facebook, or sharing a passing thought on Twitter. However, partaking in social media can actually detrimental if you are in the middle of filing a workers’ compensation claim.
If you were injured on the job, consider everything you post on social media as potential evidence that could ultimately be used against you. Your employer or the insurance company might attempt to use the information you post online and on various social media platforms to delay or even outright deny your claim, even if it does not seem directly related to your workers’ compensation claim. If you filed a workers’ compensation claim and later posted a video of you hiking the next day, your employer can easily claim that your injuries are nowhere near as serious as you claim them to be and, as such, will seek to deny your benefits.
What If My Posts Are Private?
Sure, you can tinker around with the privacy settings on a number of your social media profiles, allowing you to control who is able to see your posts. That said, these privacy settings are, by no means, foolproof. There are some circumstances in which someone you might not have intended to see your posts can gain access to them. For example, if someone took a screenshot of a post and sent it to your employer, or if you have mutual friends who relayed posted information, you could be in deep trouble.
Given the grey areas that exist in online privacy and the great risk you take in creating a post, it is critical for you to exercise some caution when posting anything, no matter how insignificant it might seem. Some of the activities that could raise a red flag to insurance adjusters or employers include:
- Exercise routines
- Large purchases
- Lifting heavy objects
- Exaggerating pain or other symptoms
While a good rule of thumb for anyone with a pending workers’ compensation case is to simply stay logged out of social media until it reaches a resolution, if you choose to continue to use it, exercising caution is imperative. You should also consider asking your friends and family not to tag you in any posts since those posts could potentially be used against you as well. If you are uncertain what is acceptable to post, consult with your attorney first. He or she will be able to advise you on the potential impact of it. Heed your attorney’s advice and protect your right to the compensation you need to recover from your injury.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Bakersfield
If you were injured at work and are filing for workers’ compensation benefits, you should also consider hiring experienced legal representation to ensure the process goes smoothly. At Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation, our Bakersfield legal team has over 130 years of combined experience and are passionate about standing up for the rights of injured workers. Additionally, we want you to focus on your recovery while we work on your case, which is why we never charge legal fees until we are able to secure compensation on your behalf.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us. Call our office today at (661) 716-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation. We also accept walk-ins and have flexible hours to fit your schedule.