Social media has a nearly unavoidable presence in our lives nowadays, beckoning
us to share every detail of our lives with friends, family, acquaintances,
and co-workers. For most, this is a useful tool that keeps us feeling
connected in ways that were previously impossible. However, if you are
in the midst of a
workers’ compensation dispute, this could irreparably harm your case and chances of receiving
these vital benefits. Keep in mind that the insurance company will make
a considerable effort to closely observe you, including your online presence,
and will use any potentially incriminating posts against you to reduce
or eliminate your ability to receive compensation.
You might think that a post might seem innocent enough, but anything can
be taken out of context. For example, you might simply be trying your
best to appear happy and decide to post a photo of a fun outing with some
friends in which you are smiling and appear to be enjoying yourself. For
an insurance company, this could be the perfect ammunition they need to
use against you and argue that you are being dishonest and are not as
impacted by your injuries as you claim to be.
To ensure your social media presence does not jeopardize your workers’
compensation claim, consider some of these helpful tips below:
Stop using social media: Ultimately, the most effective way to prevent the possibility of your
social media usage from harming your workers’ compensation claim
is to stop using it altogether and to either delete or suspend your accounts
until your case achieves a resolution.
Adjust your privacy settings: Staying off social media is not a reasonable solution for everyone. Regardless
of your reasons for having to maintain your online presence, you need
to take care to adjust your settings so that all of your accounts are
private and severely limit who is able to see your posts.
Nothing is ever deleted: Deleting posts does not mean they are gone, so you should always think
twice before you post something. As a rule of thumb, ask yourself if you
would mind if the insurance company saw what you are about to post and,
if the answer is yes or you are not sure, refrain from posting it.
Ask your friends and family not to tag you in posts: The insurance company will not only follow your online activity but the
online activity of your friends and family as well, so be sure to ask
them not to tag you in any posts, photos, or to discuss your case. Impressing
the importance of privacy at this time is critical, so make sure they
understand and respect your wishes.
Do not discuss your condition or your case: If you need to talk about the details of your case, contact your attorney.
Under no circumstances should you ever discuss its details or your injuries
on social media.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Cobb County
Workers’ compensation cases can be incredibly complex and navigating
this field of law without knowledgeable legal representation can lead
to many costly mistakes. At Chestnut & Beller, our skilled legal team
in Cobb County can help you obtain the benefits you need. Even if your
workers’ compensation claim was denied, our team can still assist
you in gaining the benefits you deserve.
Contact our law firm today at
(770) 285-5542 to schedule your free initial consultation with a member of our legal team.