How Social Media Can Be Used in Workers' Compensation Claims

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Workers' Comp Private Investigator Tactics: Social Media Monitoring

If you are injured on the job in Santa Ana, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits through your employer. While it may seem like a relatively simple process where you report the accident and receive benefits, the reality is that the workers’ comp process can be incredibly complex. For insurers, the less benefits they pay out, the better it is for their bottom line. This is why the approval process often takes so long – insurers usually scrutinize every detail in order to weed out fraud or find any reason to deny a claim, including social media accounts of claimants.

Workers' Comp Surveillance Before & After Settlement

You may think that your social media accounts are private or off limits, but this is not always true. Employers and their insurers may look into your social media accounts to see what you have posted and if it backs up your claims of injuries.

For example, a person who claims to have a leg injury shouldn't be seen swimming or dancing at parties. Anything you post can be used against you, so be cautious of what you post and what type of pictures you share.

Here are a few tips regarding what you should not do on your social media both during and immediately following a workers' compensation claim:

  • DO NOT post photos of yourself doing anything that would contradict you having an injury
  • DO NOT post commentary about money you may receive from your claim.
  • DO NOT talk about the accident or your injuries publicly.
  • DO NOT accept friend request from people you do not know.
  • DO keep your social media account private

In addition to reviewing social media accounts, insurers may also be conducting site surveillance on claimants, so be smart about how you conduct yourself in public during this time.

If you need legal advice for your workers’ compensation claim, reach out to our Santa Ana workers' compensation lawyers at Ufkes & Bright. Call us at (714) 909-2609 for a free case review.

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