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How can the use of social media hurt a workers' compensation case?

Working is at the heart of how most people get by in life. When you are suffering from an injury and unable to perform your duties, it can have a devastating impact on being able to provide for your family. If this injury occurs at work or while on the clock, you might be able to receive workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can help cover medical care, retraining costs and lost wages associated with your injury.

Employers are required by the state to maintain some form of workers' compensation insurance. This insurance is meant to protect both the employee and the employer.

Why does your behavior matter?

Your actions and behavior during the claims process can be of vital importance. Remember that anything you do can be manipulated and taken out of context, especially when it comes to what you post on social media. The insurance company handling your claim will investigate your case and do their best to find any reason to pay out the least amount of money possible.

What shouldn't you post about on social media during a workers' comp case?

  • Evidence of you on vacation while you're supposed to be recovering.
  • Workout pictures, gym check-ins or anything related to exercising.
  • Working at another job.
  • Partying with friends. Ask your friends not to post or tag you in anything that might compromise your case.
  • Playing sports or engaging in other physical activity that would be harmful to your recovery.

If you're afraid that you might have posted something that could harm your case, contact an attorney (if you haven't already) to find out what your best options are. Even if you think your case is solid, it's a good idea to have an attorney who focuses on workers' comp cases in your corner. They know how the process works and will be able to offer you helpful advice along the way.

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