If you are in the midst of dealing with a workers compensation claim, your mind might be on things like healing and getting compensated, not on social media. However, nowadays, it is important to be careful about how you handle social media when going through one of these cases.
Many insurance companies are now using social media as a means of catching fraudulent cases, so there is a chance that your name could be looked up. Even if your case is legitimate, it could be possible to jeopardize your case with your social media use without even meaning to. These are a few tips that can help, however.
1. Lock Down Your Profiles
It's never a bad idea to "lock down" your personal social media profiles so that only your friends and family members can see what you post, but it can be even more important than ever when dealing with one of these cases. Making it so that strangers can't see your posts and avoiding accepting requests from people you don't know can help you protect yourself.
2. Avoid Talking About the Case
If you're going through the effects of a workplace injury, you might be stressed out and might want to talk about it to others. This is understandable, but it's best to avoid talking about the case online if you can help it. Even something innocent that you might say about it could be taken out of context, so it's best to restrict these conversations and keep them off of social media, where people could easily see them and possibly use what you say against you.
3. Be Careful About How You are Perceived
When you are out of work for an injury, it is important to be careful about how you are perceived. Talking about the workout that you just got in at the gym or posting pictures of yourself hitting the ski slopes—even if the pictures are old and you are just getting around to posting them—could come across the wrong way, so make sure that you think about these things before posting anything to your social media profiles.
Nowadays, it really is important to be careful about how you come across on social media, especially when it comes to workers compensation cases. If you follow these tips and work with a good workers compensation attorney, you can help ensure that you don't jeopardize your claim.