Social media use has become about as common of a daily activity as brushing our teeth or combing our hair. Whereas information used to be more difficult to come by, people now share just about every part of their lives. But while sites such as Facebook and Instagram have made global connection that much stronger, it has also created new risks. To be more specific, posting certain things online can be detrimental to your own situation. For instance, those who are receiving workers’ compensation must think twice before posting.
Workers’ Compensation is a means of compensating those workers who have been injured while on the job. Taxpayer dollars are used to fund workers’ compensation. Therefore, if you lie in order to receive workers’ compensation you not only open yourself up to criminal charges and penalties, but you also essentially steal money from those working hard to earn it the right way.
Fortunately for the government, social media has made it much easier to notice false claims. Many businesses can simply look at your various social media accounts to see that you are lying about your injury. How is it that easy? Well, many people post pictures and words on their social media that contradict their own claims.
For example, if you fraudulently claim to have suffered a back injury at work and receive workers’ compensation as a result, it would go without saying that there are certain activities you wouldn’t be able to engage in. Therefore, if you post pictures of yourself mountain climbing or bungee jumping, you can be caught and charge with fraud. It’s also important to note that even if your initial workers’ compensation claim was legitimate, if you continue to claim that your condition hasn’t improved when it has, you are also committing fraud.
Think Twice Before Posting
Regardless of filing a legitimate claim, it’s always in your best interest to think twice about what you post online. Limiting what you allow others to see is always wise. However, it’s extremely important that you refrain from deleting anything incriminating that you have already posted, since such an act can then be considered tampering with evidence.
If nothing else, follow these five tips. Do NOT:
- Use any social media while having attorney representation
- Delete existing accounts
- Use a shared email account (or a work account)
- Accept friend requests or followers who you do not know
- Communicate with your attorney through a work-provided device
Always keep in mind that everything that you choose to post online can be seen by anyone at any time – regardless of privacy settings. Additionally, what you post online can always be used against you in order to deny you workers’ compensation benefits – even if it is taken out of context.
The PA Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP Can Help
When you have been seriously injured in an accident at work, you may not even know how to proceed. Luckily, the attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP can help. We understand the impact that an injury at work can have on all aspects of your life. That’s why we’re here to help you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!