Why workers Compensation Claims and Social Media Don’t Mix

workers Compensation ClaimsIn just a few short years, social media has completely transformed the world. In 2016 there were over 1.71 billion people using Facebook. This doesn’t even account for all the other platforms out there that are used on a daily basis. To help you better understand how big this number is and the effect of cellphones on the world, consider this – more people around the world have a cellphone than have access to working toilets.

Don’t misunderstand – Facebook and other social media platforms have their place and offer benefits. They allow people to connect with one another and keep family members living far away from one another connected. There are some platforms that have even helped to kindle real life romances. However, on the other hand, social media has also begun to blur the line between a person’s private and public life.

In some cases, some users land in hot water because they over share online. The fact is, this is an issue that has occurred in a number of legal cases, which includes workers compensation cases.

If you have hired a Florida workers compensation attorney to help you with a claim, it is important that you use caution when posting in social media. In some situations, your attorney may suggest that you avoid discussing the claim altogether until the case is over.

Avoid Being Social when it comes to Your Workers Comp Claim

The benefits you receive from a workers compensation claim are a type of insurance. What this means is that insurance companies are going to pay the benefits you receive. Just like any other insurance company, the insurers are going to work hard to try and avoid having to pay.

With social media being widespread, insurance companies are savvier than ever before when it comes to finding evidence online to support their desire not to pay.

Tips for Using Social Media

If you have ever filed a workers compensation claim, then you need to be careful about what you are posting online. Even just a single, somewhat innocent photo can give the look that you are not injured and physically capable.

If you plan on using social media, make sure to keep these tips in mind:

  • Don’t talk about the claim or the injury you have suffered in your posts
  • Don’t make the assumption that the photos and information you post are going to be private
  • Before you decide to post anything, consider whether or not it may impact your case
  • If you have any doubts at all, avoid posting it

The bottom line is that you have to remember that there are several things that have the possibility of looking bad if they are taken out of context. You will be better able to protect yourself and the potential of receiving your benefits if you are more discriminating about what you post online.

To learn more about filing a workers compensation claim, contact the attorneys at the offices of Lawyer Scott J. Sternberg by calling 561-449-2362.

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