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Protecting your online image to retain workers comp benefits in Colorado

For those dependent on workers compensation benefits, a status update may result in the denial or suspension of their benefits.
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    February 12, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Thousands of Denver County residents may find themselves updating their social media profile several times a day. In this technological age of internet exploration, this hardly seems unusual; however, many social media users may not be fully aware of the implications of their simple status update. For those dependent on workers compensation benefits, a status update may result in the denial or suspension of their benefits.

A unique case in 2012 brought this issue to the attention of national media, when an Arkansas client suffering from a hernia injury was denied continuation of benefits because of a social media posting. The man had sustained an injury at work and had since undergone three surgeries to correct the problem. As he was applying for workers compensation to continue his coverage of benefits, an administrative law judge and the Arkansas Compensation Commission denied his claim because of Facebook images showing him drinking. The Arkansas Court of Appeals deemed the evidence admissible in court.

Protecting your online image

With approximately 1.11 billion users world-wide, Facebook has topped the charts as the number one social media website. People use their profiles as a place to document the daily events in their lives and share them with friends and family. Social media users, however, must be aware that others can obtain their information as well. Here are a few, simple ways that you can ensure your profile is kept private.
- Block your photo albums from being viewed by those who are not your friends. Make sure that your account does not indicate that "friends of friends" are able to view your profile.
- Adjust your privacy settings in order to block unauthorized individuals from viewing your private information.
- Never post anything on your profile that may be incriminating in any way.
- Create groups to organize your friends, such as co-workers, friends, family and acquaintances. This will allow you to post certain items for specific groups to view.

Although you may change your privacy settings to protect your profile, there is always a chance that your information may be viewed by others. Make sure to refrain from posting anything that would result in the denial or revocation of your workers compensation benefits.

Workers compensation fraud

According to the Colorado Workers Compensation Act, any person committing fraudulent activity in order to gain benefits, compensation, payments or awards may be convicted of felony charges. If you are unjustly charged with any of the following, it is up to you to provide evidence proving your innocence.
- Faking or exaggerating injuries.
- Making a false claim to obtain workers compensation benefits.
- Not reporting additional income or any other jobs.
- Making claims for injuries that were not sustained at work.
- Filing multiple claims or filing claims under multiple identities.

While Colorado law allows you to represent yourself if charged with fraud, it may be in your best interest to team up with a reputable workers compensation attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to clear your name, as well as help you to reclaim the workers compensation benefits you deserve.

Call an attorney

Pursuing a workers compensation claim in Colorado can be a complicated process. Select an experienced Denver County attorney to ensure you are doing all of the things necessary to achieve a successful outcome.

Article provided by The Law Firm of Janice M. Greening, LLC
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