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Could social media lead to a worker’s compensation denial?

| Feb 13, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

When you file a workers’ compensation claim in Alabama, every but of information you provide is checked into. This is to prevent fraud. Some people will make claims about false injuries just to get money or time off work. The system has to be hard on fraud. Investigators may look to many tools to help them figure out if your injury is legitimate. One of those tools may be social media

You likely post things to social media often. You may post the occasional funny meme or share pictures of your life. Others may also tag you in photos or other things. All of these posts and tags, along with your comments are available to anyone who can access your account. Even if you have security settings on your account to prevent people who are not your friends from seeing your posts, there are other ways to see them.

With this in mind, Insurance Provider Group explains many workers’ compensation investigators will use social media as a tool to prove fraud. For example, if your claim says you cannot walk, yet a friend posts a picture of you waterskiing yesterday, then an investigator could find that and use that to deny your claim.

In addition, your social media provides a lot of personal information. It gives details on your daily activities and your lifestyle. Even if your injury is legitimate, some posts on social media could make it seem as if it is not. You have to be very careful about what you post and do online to avoid it complicating your workers’ compensation claim. This information is for education. It is not legal advice.

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