Four Ways Investigators Use Social Media Against You

Posted on: 24 July 2017

If you are dealing with a workers compensation claim because of an injury you have suffered at work, you are going to want to be mindful about what you post on social media. This is especially true when it comes to workers compensation claims since, more than likely, your employer has a private investigator to help them defend their case. Here are four ways these private investigators are going to use social media against you:

  1. Disprove the Facts: When you post something on social media, it should not have anything to do with your injuries. However, it should also not show you participating in any kind of activity that could indicate that your injury is not as serious as you are claiming. This means no photos or posts about strenuous activity, such as swimming, hiking, and more. 
  2. Print Photos: To use as evidence, private investigators will even print photos of your own pictures or posts to be used against you. This is why it's so important not to have any posts about your injuries or photos of activities you are participating in even if you are going to delete them later. You never know when someone could be looking and print the photos. 
  3. Gather Background Information: Your background information should be as limited as possible. You don't want to have any posts that indicate dealing with a previous workers compensation claim. You also don't want any posts about doing something that was not smart and getting injured because of it. Anything at all that could indicate that your behaviors in the past could have lead to the injury you are suffering now should not be seen on your social media. 
  4. Gather Witnesses: Finally, you should not be talking with anyone on social media about your case or they can be used as a witness against you. This is especially true if the person you are talking with is possibly arguing with you about how you are handling your case since they can easily turn around and use your conversation with them against you. The biggest problem here is that there will be physical proof on social media that the conversation took place. 

When you understand how social media can be used against you, you can better filter yourself in a way that is going to protect you. Talking about your case can easily be done outside of social media, but it should be restricted to just your immediate family. In addition to these tips, you should also contact a workers compensation attorney, such as one from The Reed Noble Law Firm PLLC, to help you with your claim.


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