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Social media use can impact workers’ compensation claims

| Aug 27, 2018 | Firm News, Workers' Compensation |

Many factors can impact a person’s workers’ compensation claim. One that you might not have thought about is your social media accounts. Insurance companies are always on the lookout for incidents involving fraudulent claims and exaggerations. Because of this, adjustors and investigators might try to dig up dirt on people who have valid claims.

People who are making any type of workers’ compensation claims need to remember that what they are posting on social media might have a part in what happens with their claim. There are several things that investigators might look for when they are reviewing a person’s profile and other information online.

Posts or pictures that show the person can be active, such as a picture of a person running a marathon when they are claiming they suffered a serious back injury that prevents them from working can indicate that there are some untrue assertions being provided in the case.

Today, reviewing websites like Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn can replace traditional surveillance that is more time-consuming. Therefore, you must be careful what you post online. Anything that might be perceived as showing that you can work or be active shouldn’t be posted.

Working to get the benefits you deserve after your injury is important. Be sure that you review the information that you or others have posted online so that you can try to determine if and how this might impact your claim. If something happens and you don’t get the workers’ compensation benefits you think you should get, you might need to explore filing an appeal.