When Being Social Goes Wrong: Worker’s Compensation Claims and Social Media

workers compensation claims and social mediaOne of the worst experiences you can have in life if being injured on the job. There are a variety of ways you can get hurt while working and the injuries that can arise from these accidents can be quite substantial. Getting help from a lawyer when trying to navigate your way through the worker’s compensation process is important. Once you have hired the right lawyer, you will be able to get some advice on what to do and not to do during the time your case is pending. The following are some of the reasons why social media and worker’s compensation claims do not mix well.

Avoid Talking About Your Claim

Each year, thousands of people are injured at work and have to file a worker’s compensation claim in Florida. If you find yourself having to file a worker’s compensation claim, there are a number of things you need to avoid doing. One of the first things you need to do is to steer clear of discussing your claim on your social media. By discussing things with others that you discussed with your attorney can lead to you losing attorney-client privilege. Statements you make on social media can also be used against you in Court.

Be Aware of the Photos and Videos You Post

Another important thing you need to remember in regards to posting on social media after you have filed a worker’s compensation claim is that certain photos and videos can look very incriminating. Posting pictures of you being active when you are supposedly injured can lead to your doctors not believing you are as injured as you claim and at times can result in Worker’s Compensation Fraud charges against you. The insurance company handling the claim could use these types of pictures against you in Court, which could lead to you not being able to get the monetary compensation you are entitled to.

Talk to Friends and Family About Tagging You in Photos

The next thing you need to think about when trying to avoid problems with your worker’s compensation claim is the photos you are tagged in. Most friends and family don’t give much thought into who they tag in their photos. If your friends are out at a bar and tag you, this may look bad. You need to let your friends and family know not to tag you.

If you need help with the filing of a worker’s compensation claim, be sure to contact the team at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton. You can call us at 904-853-1678 to schedule a consultation where we can talk about the details of your case.

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