August 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- U.S. President Calvin Coolidge once said, "I have never been hurt by what I have not said." The wise sentiment of old Silent Cal could perhaps be reformed for the twenty first century by saying "I have never been hurt by what I have not posted."
Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have become ubiquitous in modern society. Some users can hardly eat a meal without posting a picture of it. And while social media can be entertaining and keep you connected with all your friends and acquaintances, posting the wrong thing can have lasting, real world consequences. Too often, people do not think before posting, or simply wind up tagged in a social media post that can be taken out of context, and wind up putting their right to workers' compensation
benefits in serious jeopardy.
Posts taken out of context can make your workers' comp claim appear invalid
Workers' compensation provides a no fault safety net for workers who are injured within the scope of their employment. Workers' compensation benefits provide partial wage replacement, pay medical costs and sometimes provide lump sum settlements. While workers' compensation benefits are provided on a no-fault basis -- in other words, even if a worker's own negligence contributed to causing his or her injury, benefits will still be provided -- the compensable injury must occur within the scope of the job.
Pictures and other types of social media posts can be problematic for workers' compensation claimants in a couple different ways. One, they may undermine a worker's claim that his or her injury occurred on the job. For example, a worker claiming that he or she is suffering from work-related back pain who has a long string of competitive weightlifting photos posted on Facebook may have a harder time convincing a judge that the back injury is work related.
Another way social media content can impair a workers' comp claim is by making it seem as though an employee can return to work, or that their injury is not as serious as claimed. Imagine that an employee who claims he or she is unable to work due to pain from an injury is tagged in a picture taken on the dance floor at a wedding. Perhaps the person was simply painfully shuffling from one seat to another on the opposite side of the room -- but without being contextualized, such a photo could be damning evidence that would make it seem like the claimant was, being out dancing, not in such great pain after all. This is the kind of justification an employer could use to stop paying workers' comp benefits.
Contact an Arizona workers' compensation attorney for help with your claim
You cannot always control your entire social media presence. But you can be careful about what you post, and can ask friends and family members to do the same. You can increase your privacy settings on any social media services you use. And, you can get an Arizona workers' compensation law firm
to help you stem the risk posed by any compromising social media posts.
Do not let a simple online photo ruin your chance at getting the benefits to which you are entitled for putting your body on the line for your employer. Watch what you post, and get in touch with a workers' compensation attorney to ensure you get the most out of your claim.
Article provided by Crossman Law Offices, P.C.
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