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Can Social Media Hurt My Workers’ Compensation Case?

You were hurt at work and now you have filed a workers’ compensation case. Many people wonder whether using social media could have a negative impact on their claim. A workers’ compensation case occurs after you have been injured while on the job. You will receive workers’ compensation benefits for a period of time while you are recovering from your injury. If the injury was serious enough you might be unable to go back to work for a long period of time, if ever. Your employer’s insurance company needs to have proof of your injury in order for you to receive compensation.

Using Social Media Wisely

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Anything you post on social media can be used against you in a court of law.

There are literally dozens of social media sites that people can participate in online. Using social media is a fun and easy way to communicate with friends and family members. But it’s also important to know that others can often view your information and online posts. A seemingly innocent comment or post could get you into trouble when it comes to your workers’ compensation case.

For example, if you suffered a serious back injury you might be unable to work while you recuperate. At the same time, you might post a photo showing you and your kids going down a slide at a waterpark. This simple photo could end up being used against you in your workers’ compensation case. If the photo is captured by a shrewd workers’ compensation claim investigator it may be used to prove that you were able to participate in activities and therefore were not as seriously hurt as you indicated.

What to Do After an Injury at Work

It is essential to report the injury promptly to your manager or to human resources. The failure to report the accident in a timely manner could impact your case. You should get medical care as soon as possible after the accident. Again, the longer you wait to get medical treatment the more difficult it can become to prove that the injury happened at work.

While it may be tempting to do so, it is best to stay away from social media sites completely. You don’t want to do or say anything that could be improperly perceived or jeopardize your case. You should also refrain from commenting on other people’s posts. Remember that anything you do or say online could be publicly available and might cause problems for your case. Keep detailed records of your conversations with your company about the accident and maintain information about your medical visits and treatments.

Speak to a knowledgeable Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will answer your questions and guide you through the workers’ compensation process from start to finish. Your attorney will work with the company’s insurance company to resolve any disputes and to make sure that your rights are protected. You deserve to receive compensation for an injury that occurred at work.

If you or a loved one were injured at work don’t hesitate to get the legal help you need. Contact The Bader Law Firm today to talk about your case.

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