How Social Media Can Impact Your Workman’s Comp Case
Were you recently injured on the job? If so, you are likely looking to pursue a workman’s comp case. Workers’ compensation is a system that gives benefits to injured workers. This allows them to continue to support themselves and their families after a workplace injury or illness. The types of work-related injuries that workman’s comp covers can vary widely. Generally, this applies to any injury or illness that occurred as a result of performing your job duties. Even though California state laws require all business owners to have workers’ compensation insurance to pay out on your workers’ comp claim, the unfortunate truth is that claims adjusters may try to deny you the workers’ comp benefits you deserve.
Social media is one factor that can impact your workman’s comp case.
Social Media and Workman’s Comp
After a workplace injury, you want to make sure you have the most benefits possible to maintain your quality of life. To get these benefits, it is important that you do everything possible to ensure that your workers’ compensation claim process is as smooth as possible. Social media posts can negatively impact your workman’s comp case, and so it is important for you to manage your social media properly following a workplace injury.
These days, people often post multiple times a day on social media. Whether they use Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, users post updates about their daily lives. While social media is a great way to keep up with family and friends, the truth is that it can lead to an adjuster denying your workers’ comp claim. The more information you share, the more information your claims adjuster has to use to undermine your case.
What Types of Posts Should You Avoid?
If you recently filed for workman’s comp, your best bet is to avoid posting on social media. Even posts that are not directly related to your work-related injury can give claims adjusters reason to deny your claim. Here are just a few types of posts you should avoid:
- Information About the Injury/Illness Itself. Do not share any information on your social media platforms about your injury or illness, or about any workplace accidents. Claims adjusters may examine the timestamps on your posts and use any small discrepancies to deny you benefits. The insurance company will also examine any details you mention and compare them to what you say in official paperwork.
- Photos or Posts that “Contradict” your Injury. When deciding what to share, imagine how someone who completely doubts your injury would view your post. For example, you might post a video on your Facebook shows you playing with one of your children or grandchildren as you are claiming workers’ compensation for a back injury. This does not mean your back injury is not debilitating, but a claims adjuster can make it seem that way.
- Posts about your Mood. Workman’s comp claims can include mental health conditions, such as PTSD in first responders. People with mental health conditions have good days and bad days, and you might make a happier post on one of your good days. However, even something as innocent as this can undermine your workers’ comp claim.
The Help You Need for Your Workman’s Comp Case
When in doubt, avoid posting at all on social media. It’s also best that you tell your family and friends not to tag you or to post photos or videos of you while you are fighting for your benefits. If you have any doubts about what to post, the Law Offices of Bo Katzakian can help. When you work with us to fight for your workman’s comp benefits, we help manage every aspect of your case–including advising you on social media posts. Call us today at 209.762.851 for a free consultation, and let us help you get the medical expense coverage and lost wage benefits that you deserve after your workplace injury!