Social media can be a great tool for many reasons; keep in touch with old friends who no longer live nearby, connect with business professionals, get discounts and up to the minute news from your favorite companies, among many more reasons. Although social media can do so many great things, it can also cost you if you are not careful.
I tell my children to be very careful about what they post on social media. Unfortunately, they roll their eyes at me because it sounds like more unsolicited advice from dad. But it is true, what you put on social media exists in digital form and can have unintended and adverse consequences.
This is equally true for injured workers. I advise my clients that if they have social networking accounts such as Facebook, Linkedin, My Space, Twitter, Instagram, etc., to suspend the account until their case is completed. Why do I suggest this? When you are injured at work you can expect insurance company representatives to review any social media posts you make. Specifically, they are looking for any information that might arguably be inconsistent with your condition or physical restrictions. If you are involved in workers’ compensation litigation, you can expect defense counsel to take full advantage of any information that may be posted on a public site and exploit it to your disadvantage. The information may even be taken out of context and misrepresented.
I have seen many cases compromised by a photo posted on social media that in isolation or taken out of context does not fairly represent one’s condition or ability. This can leave an injured worker with the difficult task of trying to explain the true nature of the information at issue.
For this reason, I advise my clients to suspend their accounts while the case is pending. At a minimum, it is something that every injured worker should think about very carefully before posting photographs or other information on social media. Extreme caution is advisable.
If you have been injured at work or involved in a work accident, I urge you to seek the advice of a Workers’ Compensation Specialist. I offer a free consultation and as always, no recovery/no fee. Even if you don’t utilize my services, please take this advice and keep off of social media until your case is completed.