Social media is a fun and powerful tool, but did you know your posts could impact the outcome of your workers’ compensation case? Continue reading to learn how to minimize the negative impact of your social media accounts.
Think Before You Post
Anything you post on social media, no matter how “private” your account appears, is visible online. When an insurance company conducts an injury claim investigation, they will look at your social media activity.
If your posts indicate that your injury is not as severe as you reported, the insurance company will question the validity of your claim. For example, if you sustained a back injury, a post about your latest tennis tournament may not support the basis of your workers’ compensation claim. Although your injury may not prohibit you from attending a local baseball game or going on vacation, the insurance company may attempt to use these “positive” experiences to position you in a negative light and question the severity of your injury.
Conversely, if you consistently post about your medical bills or your injury pain, the insurance company may argue that you are “playing up” your injury in order to maximize your compensation. Make sure to consider what you post before you post it.
Ask Your Friends to Not Tag You
Even if you limit your social media activity, your friends may not do the same. Any incriminating evidence they post could be used by the insurance company to argue against your workers’ compensation case. If you are out among friends, refrain from taking photos and politely ask them to not tag you in any they take. This will help limit the evidence the insurance company can use against you.
Don’t Delete Previous Posts
Unless referencing for comparison, the insurance company typically won’t use posts made prior to the injury; they can, however, argue that any removal of previous posts is an attempt to make your injury appear even more devastating than it actually is.
Our Richmond Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Are Here to Help You
At the end of the day, insurance companies do not want to pay you the compensation you deserve, which is why you need an experienced legal advocate. At Harbison & Kavanagh, we believe you should be fairly compensated for your work injury, which is why we assist our clients throughout the entire claims process. We have helped hundreds of clients throughout Virginia and we have more than 40 years of combined experience.
Contact our Richmond workers’ compensation lawyers today to schedule a free consultation: (804) 823-2050.