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Can Social Media Hurt My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

| Dec 21, 2018 | Workers' Comp |

Insurance companies have access to a wide range of fraud detection strategies. One of these strategies, is to monitor social media accounts in order to uncover evidence that can be used to deny a workers’ compensation claim. In this blog, we explain the many ways your social media accounts can end up hurting your workers’ compensation claim.

When you file your claim for workers’ compensation, the insurance company will hire private detectives to investigate what you did the day before, the day of, and the day after your “independent” medical examination. These private detectives will record any inconsistencies that can be used to show your injury is not as serious as you claim. This is why you shouldn’t “tag” your activities online or share details about your day until your case has concluded.

Private detectives monitor the following social media sites:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • Tagged
  • Flickr
  • Dating Websites

Posting about the following things on social media can potentially hurt your workers’ compensation claim:

  • Travels made between great distances
  • Your exercise routine
  • Entertainment or events you have attended
  • Work you perform inside or outside your home
  • Extravagant purchases

Many injured workers find themselves with downtime during their recovery, which gives them more time to be on social media. That is why it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer who can help you monitor your social media accounts and avoid posting something that can limit the amount of benefits you are entitled to.

Workers’ Comp Lawyers in San Jose

If you think your employer’s insurance company is surveying your social media accounts in order to deny your claim, you should immediately get in touch with our legal team. We can review the details of your case and build a strong legal strategy that will protect your rights and interests.

Call (408) 709-7317 to schedule your free consultation with our team of San Jose workers’ compensation attorneys.