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Could your Facebook post hurt your workers' comp claim?

In the last few decades, the use of social media has exploded. This has created a new generation of Internet users who are not only able to maintain long-distance relationships with people worlds away but are able to upload just about every aspect of their life to the web, giving everyone a snapshot of who they are and what they're doing.

But while this advancement in technology sounds amazing to a majority of people, it could present a unique concern for those who have suffered a work-related injury and are collecting benefits through workers' compensation.

As you can imagine, social media allows us to upload a vast amount of information about ourselves, which then blurs the lines between what is private and what is public. If the right privacy settings are not enabled, anyone can access the information you provide, including photos or status updates that may cast doubt on your workers' compensation claim.

Taken out of context, even what seems like an innocent social media posting could be seen as an indication of fraud, which could not only jeopardize a claim for benefits but could lead to possible litigation as well. Twice as much effort might then be needed to argue your need for benefits, perhaps even necessitating the help of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney as well

Knowing that the Ohio Workers' Compensation Bureau has social media at their disposal when it comes to evaluating claims, it's important for our readers to consider what they are posting to their social media accounts and what these images and updates say about them. Do they show a person in need of compensation or could these posts lead to possible litigation? If you think your posts fall under the latter of these two, then you may want to reconsider what you're posting about yourself on social media.

Source: Business Insurance, "Workers compensation fraud investigations: Old school meets new tools," Margaret Everett, Jan. 5, 2015

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