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Could your worker’s compensation be at risk due to social media?

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

You probably think nothing of tweeting on Twitter or updating your status on Facebook. However, it is these actions that could lead to trouble when it comes to your worker’s compensation case in New Jersey. Social media is a very public forum, and if you say the wrong thing or someone else says something, an investigator could use it against you to stop or deny your benefits. 

Insurance Provider Group explains that there are missteps you or others could make that could raise red flags with workers’ compensation investigators. For example, posting a picture that shows you doing something you should not be able to do based on your reported injury or talking about the case in a post both are things an investigator could use as proof against you. 

Beyond that, if you did not give complete information in your application or if you included incorrect information, then an investigator may also be able to discover that through your social media accounts. For example, if you made a claim for one employer but you talk about working for another employer at the same time, it could throw doubt on your claim. 

Do be aware that if you keep your social media private and accessible by only friends, then an investigator can not see what you post. They cannot friend you or follow you to get information. It must be public to be usable. So, to protect yourself, make your profiles private and ask others not to share information about you or to tag you in photos.