How Social Media Might Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When you suffer injuries due to a work-related accident, you may be tempted to discuss the matter on various social media platforms. People may use social media to keep family members and friends updated about their condition, or perhaps just as an outlet to vent and relieve stress. In any situation, you should be extremely careful about what you post – or you should consider staying off social media altogether. This is because certain social media posts may negatively impact your workers’ compensation benefits or claim.
Workers’ compensation insurance companies will not simply trust your claims that you suffered serious injuries and cannot work. Instead, they will generally investigate whether your claims are valid. This can include reviewing medical records, treatment recommendations, prognosis notes, and more. These investigations can also include a review of your Facebook or other social media profiles.
Even if your profile is set to “private,” there is still a lot of information that insurance adjusters may be able to see. This is especially true if you have any mutual “friends” with the person searching your profile. Some information that adjusters may be looking for includes:
- Tags from other friends
Any of these may indicate that you have been participating in activities, going on vacation, or doing other things that should not be possible with your injuries. Even older photos or “memories” that you re-post may raise some red flags and result in challenges in your workers’ compensation case.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Los Angeles for Help
The Employee Defense Group helps injured workers throughout every stage of the workers’ compensation process, including providing advice on what types of activities or online communications may affect a claim. If you were in a workplace accident, learn how our Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorneys can help. Call 818.334.4870 or contact us online for a free consultation.