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Don't let social media damage your workers' compensation claim

These days, if you want to learn about a person's life or who they are, the first place to go is often that person's social media accounts. Photos, comments, and even places where we have been can all be open to public view. We can have some control over what information about us we make "public," but not always. If you are involved in a workers' compensation claim, rest assured that social media is one of the first places the insurance company evaluating your claim is going to look to try and find an excuse not to pay you the benefits you need. We know that Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other social media platforms don't tell the whole story of our lives, and are only a "snapshot." Those snapshots are typically of moments when we are in a good place and feeling well - who posts pictures of themselves struggling to get groceries out of the car or of the look on a child's face when a parent can't play catch because the pain is too much? On the other hand, a picture of you smiling at a friend's birthday party at a restaurant or of you on a beach vacation with family can be just the "evidence" an insurance company is looking for to claim that you are not really hurt, or that you are capable of doing more than you really are. It won't matter that the only time you were smiling at the birthday party was for the picture and you were in pain the whole time, or that you spent most of the "vacation" alone in the hotel room while your family had to go have fun without you.

For some people, the best course of action may be getting off social media entirely while their workers' compensation claim is pending. If that is not an option for you, it is extremely important to think carefully about the images or information you allow others to see, and how those things could be twisted by an insurance company looking for any reason to avoid paying you what you deserve. That goes for things posted about you by friends, as well!

If you have been hurt at work, you would most likely benefit from the help of an experienced attorney. There are many traps like this which you could fall into that you may not have even thought about, but that a dedicated attorney would help you avoid. The social media trap is just one of them. If you are thinking about hiring an attorney, contact Miller Law Firm for a free consultation. If you decide to hire our firm, you can be confident that someone is fighting for your legal rights so you can focus on getting healthy. You won't have to worry about paying any legal fees until your case is over, and you won't pay any fees at all unless you receive your benefits. Contact Miller Law Firm's Raleigh office at 919-348-4361 to schedule your consultation with one of our attorneys at no cost. Of course, you can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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