Social Media and Workers’ Compensation

One of the most important things we tell our clients is to stay off social media or at least make it private so the entire world cannot see what you are doing.  Trust us.  Diligent and proactive claims adjusters and defense attorneys will do whatever they can to try and find dirt or anything to say stuff like you are not injured or you are injured but not that injured.  It is actually somewhat standard at a lot of insurance companies that when a claim comes in, they request from an investigation company a background/social media check.

The most common social media sites checked by the defense are Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, with Facebook being the most popular.  Did you know that if you have the Facebook app on your mobile phone, people can search for you on Facebook by putting in your phone number? Even if you think you are private or make it so people cannot search for your Facebook, there are ways around that such as searching via phone number or e-mail address.  What they might also do is try and search your relatives or friends to try and get to you or at the least, try and find pictures.

So again, it is very important to stay off social media or make it very private so that only your friends can see what you are posting.  Even then, be aware of who you have as friends such as managers or supervisors.

You will be surprised at how many people’s social media sites, especially Facebook, are public.  You will also be surprised at how savvy defense attorneys or claims adjusters can use the information they find against you.

If you have any questions about how social media plays a role in your workers’ compensation claim or just workers’ compensation in general, please feel free to contact our office for a free consultation today.