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How can social media hurt my workers’ compensation claim?

If you’re like most people, social media use is an integral part of your daily routine—a fast and easy way to stay connected and share your life with far-flung friends and family members. Unfortunately, sometimes the things that we—or our friends—share can have unexpected negative consequences. This is particularly true when seeking workers’ compensation benefits after an on-the-job injury.

Workers’ compensation may be a no-fault insurance system for injured workers, but that doesn’t mean that obtaining the benefits you deserve is easy. Your employer’s workers’ comp insurer is a profit-driven business that saves money by compensating claimants as little as possible. Insurance adjusters employ a wide range of perfectly legal—but incredibly shifty—tricks to reduce their financial obligation to you.

Spying on workers’ compensation claimants is a tried, true, and often effective tactic. All the insurance company has to do is hire someone to follow you physically or comb through your social media accounts looking for information that they can use to claim your injury isn’t as serious as you’ve let on. A photo showing you holding a toddler niece or nephew can be used to refute your injury claims and the need for lifting restrictions, even if you only held the child for a second, or the photo was from a family event that occurred before the accident.

Don’t let a workers’ compensation insurer use your—and your family’s—happy memories against you. Temporarily deactivate your social media accounts if you can. If that’s not possible, be sure to refrain from posting about your accident, injuries, and subsequent workers’ compensation claim. Ask friends and family members to avoid posting photos of you—or information related to your accident—until you’ve had the opportunity to resolve your claim.

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O’Connor Law PLLC boasts a knowledgeable and experienced legal team, as well as a long track record of successfully helping injured workers resolve their cases. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to find out how we can assist you.

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