Dangers of Social Media after Injury at Work
You get hurt at work and everyone is worried about you. You have an urge to pop online to Facebook just to let everyone know you're okay.
You can't help feeling rather frustrated at the insurance company that is handling the workers' comp. They are taking forever and they don't seem to want to help you – only hinder you.
They are giving you the run-around and it is getting harder to ignore the urge to rant about the short-comings of this insurance company.
The problem with ranting on social media is that it could ruin your chances of getting workers' comp payments until you can return to work. You don't realize this at first as you publish what you believe to be an innocent post.
Because of that one post, your workers' comp claim is denied. You are forced to return to work before your doctor says you are ready to do so.
Let's take a look into what went wrong with your social media post. Let's also look into how you can have safe practices on social media during this trying time.
"Ruining your Claim"
It is very tempting to post something on Twitter or Facebook about how bad your injuries are at the moment of the post. It is difficult for many people to NOT post a picture of themselves in their hospital room while getting treatment.
You need to think about the repercussions of the post you are about to publish, though. The last thing you’d want the insurance adjustor to think is that you are lying about your injuries.
The adjustors are looking for any proof they can find that your injuries aren’t as bad as you are claiming. Posting photos of past trips during your time off work due to the injury might look suspicious.
The adjustor will find these photos when they are looking through your social media profiles. Social media is one of the first places insurance adjustors go upon receiving a claim.
They want to make sure that the claim is resolved as quickly as possible. Posting photos of you looking happy would ruin your credibility in the eyes of your employer and the workers’ comp insurance agents.
“Safe Social Media Practices”
The best thing you can do for your workers’ comp case is to not post on social media at all. If you feel the need to post something on social media, keep it brief and factual.
Making sure each post is factual will make sure that your workers’ comp claim is not denied due to social media activity. Keep conversations about your health and well-being to text messages and phone calls.
Think about what you post on social media before you post it. If you feel it is revealing too much information, do not publish the post. Social media can wait until after you are out of the hospital or any physical therapy you need for your recovery.
Greenville, NC Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
I’m Brian Ricci, a workers’ compensation lawyer in Greenville, NC. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury at work, please call me at please call me at (252) 752-7785 or 800-387-6406 for free, friendly advice.