Be Careful What You Post Online After a Work Injury
Apart from being connected to our near and dear ones and knowing what is going on in each other’s lives, today the information available on social media can sometimes work against us. You can unknowingly jeopardize your chances of employment if your employer finds out information that contradicts what you have declared on file. There are also various instances where a person has lost a legal battle or compensation claim where they were hurt on the job because the pictures they shared on social media depicted a different story.
A work injury affects your life in more ways than one. From having to take time off from work to recover from injuries or living with disability in serious cases. A lawsuit aims to recover damages because the injury you suffered at work is taking a toll on your life. On the other hand, the defense lawyer will try to find proof of the fact that your life is not negatively affected and try and prove that you are exaggerating.
It would not be wrong to call our generation social media obsessed. Sharing selfies and instant images of our day to day happenings on facebook, twitter, and other social media platforms have become like second nature. Even with people fighting for privacy rights, the amount of information that you post online, which is available for the taking is mind-boggling. Social media is now being used a tool by insurance carriers and investigators to conduct investigations. If you were hurt due to a work injury, you should avoid posting images or put out statements which are contradictory and could harm your workers’ compensation claim.
We came up with four critical things that you should keep in mind when you plan to post something online, while you’ve filed a personal injury claim.
Don’t Post Negative Comments About the Defendant: It’s natural to be angry about an injury that was caused by the negligence of the defendant and was no fault of yours. An extension of venting can include going on social media and announcing it to the world. This is an absolute no-no.
There have been a lot of cases where the party who’s suing is labeled as “sue-happy” and rightly so because they have exaggerated their claims and have got away with it. You will make it easy for the defending lawyers to use the hateful post against you, and claim that you’re just out to malign their name.
Don’t Post Details of Your Accident: Your family and friends might rightfully care for you and might want to know of your progress after an accident. But it’s not a good idea to post pictures or update your status on social media. It could seriously damage your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve, thus end up costing you a fortune.
It will work against you if it can be proved from your accounts on social media that you’ve recovered beyond what you have claimed or your activity level is more than what’s required to claim compensation. Though your intention might be just to update your near and dear ones with progress, always keep in mind that the other side is watching.
Don’t Use the “Check-In” Feature: Social media, especially Facebook now has location trackingcapabilities. You can use this to let people know where you’ve been. In normal situations, it gives your friends or colleagues who are in the vicinity an opportunity to catch up. Even in distress situations, it can help track you down.
When it comes to claiming compensation for your work-related injury, it’s a good idea to stay away from using this feature. While you are recovering, if you are out and about especially visiting places where an injured person shouldn’t be in the first place; checking-in can be interpreted that you aren’t as immobile as you claim to be. This could be perfect grounds for you lose your compensation claim. It is wise to stay away from this feature until you have completely recovered or your case has reached a logical conclusion.
Check Your Privacy Settings: Make sure that your privacy settings are set to the maximum before you post anything. Images shared by your friends and family members should also be restricted so that only known people can access those. Posts from your timeline before the date of injury could also cause issues to your injury claims case.
For example, even if you post an earlier picture of you involved in a demanding physical activity after you have filed a case can make your claim look fraudulent. It might not matter if the picture was taken earlier.
Being cautious is better than falling prey to unmindfully posting updates on your social media platform that the other side can use against you.
If you have suffered a work injury and are seeking compensation, you need an experienced work injury lawyer to help you navigate your case and receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Since 1992, the attorneys the Law Offices of Goldberg & Wolf have been dedicated to winning our clients’ work injury cases and getting them the benefits they deserve. Contact ustoday at (856)-651-1600 to speak with a member of our legal team regarding a case or to schedule a free consultation.