Dangers that Social Media Presents to Workers’ Compensation Claims
Nearly 20% of internet users right now, while you are reading this, are on facebook. Facebook’s 1.44 billion users spend an average of 40 minutes on the social media site every single day, according to recent analysis and reported by Business Insider. But what does that have to do with your workers’ compensation claim? The shear amount of time that the average person spends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites leaves a very detailed, and very public, timeline for everyone to see, including lawyers, your employer, and your employer’s insurance company. It should come as no surprise that your employer would use social media to monitor your injury or illness, or the validity of it. Most likely, one in three people who are reading this were, in fact, screened by their employer via social media before even getting hired, according to Forbes. Social media has become one of, if not the most, important sources of evidence used in all types of insurance claims and legal disputes.
What You Post and Say Online May Come Back to Haunt You in Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
When you file a claim for workers’ compensation, if your employer and their insurance provider are like any normal business, in that they want to keep their profits as high as possible–even at the expense of their employees or customers–they will put up some level of resistance in paying out. In fact, it is extremely difficult to receive workers’ compensation benefits, let alone the full amount that your particular injury may truly “deserve.” Because your employer and their insurance provider will look for any excuse to deny your claim, even minute details such as posts and pictures on Facebook and Twitter can ruin your chances of receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
Your Employer May Use “Evidence” that You Post Online Against You
Posts, pictures, and virtually anything else that you do on social media leaves an electronic bread crumb describing what you were doing, who you were with, what time you did it, and even in what state of injury you were. A photo of you simply smiling for the camera sitting on a couch can be all it takes for your claim to be denied. Your employer will use your social media timeline against you in every way that they can, which is why it is strongly encouraged to talk with an attorney immediately after getting injured to discuss what is and is not acceptable social media behavior in the aftermath of a work related injury or illness.
Can Social Media Ever Help to Win My Claim?
While social media can sometimes be of use to present a timeline and other evidence of your work related injury, it is, more often than not, a point of weakness in your case. We suggest discussing what you post with your attorney beforehand, so as not to give the opposition any advantage in denying your claim.
Contact a Pasadena, Maryland Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you were hurt on the job or came down with an illness as a result of the work that you do, do not hesitate to reach out to the experienced Pasadena attorneys of Frame & Frame today at 410-255-0373. We are prepared to assist you immediately.