For some people, maintaining an active presence on social media outlets is as intuitive as taking a breath every few seconds. It’s part of who we are, and it’s not likely to change anytime soon. But anyone pursuing workers compensation should reassess how they depict themselves virtually, as a compromising post could potentially ruin their chances at a successful case.
Worker’s Compensation Insurance Fraud investigators are becoming increasingly aware of fraudulent claims because of the claimants incriminating posts on social media. Perhaps this is a no brainier, but if you’re filing a worker’s comp suit, don’t post scores of your perfect bowling game, don’t release a go-pro video showing off your mystifying skateboard skills, don’t add a photo of your game winning catch to your Facebook profile, and don’t check in at the gym. Doesn’t matter if your posts are all of pre-injury events and you just went to the gym to hit the sauna. Keep your social media true to your everyday struggle, but leave no room for doubt in your case and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
It’s also harmful to do things akin to bragging about how much money you think you’ll get from the settlement on Twitter, either in a subtle or outright way. It’s not wrong to want money to ease the suffering you went through after your injury, but it can cast an unnecessary shadow on the legitimacy of your claims.
If you’re an active social media user refraining from any posting that suggests illegal activity should really already be a part of your user protocol. We can’t all be perfect citizens all the time, but none of your legally questionable moments should show up on someone else’s news-feed, especially while you’re filing a case. Courts may develop an incorrect assessment of your character, which could prove to be detrimental to your case’s success.
Protect Your Virtual Self: Prioritize Privacy
To prevent any past social media from being used against you in any way, take some time to learn about the privacy settings available for each of your online profiles. Sites like Instagram and Twitter permit users to lock all posts, allowing only accepted friends to view them. Facebook allows you to become virtually unsearchable online, and you can take your own steps toward a protected online experience by creating cryptic names for each profile you use.
The important takeaway is, be smart, be honest, and lay low. It is not illegal for investigators to search through what you have made public online, but they can only use it against you if you leave something incriminating to be found in the first place.