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Be cautious about social media use when pursuing work comp

Twitter is on the verge of a multi-billion dollar public offering. Facebook has more than 1 billion users. By any measure, the age of Web-based social media sites has arrived.

Widespread use of such sites, however, can come with a downside to injured workers. As we explained at length in our article on social media in workers' compensation cases, insurance carriers who are looking for reasons (or even pretexts) to deny claims often scrutinize social media postings.

What the insurers are looking for, of course, is evidence that a worker may not be injured after all - or not injured as badly as the workers' comp claim indicates.

This is why, in our article, we encouraged injured workers to be strategic in their approach to social media. This should start with checking the personal settings on all of your social sites. When reviewing those settings, make sure your postings are secure and not available to anyone who happens to look for you on the Internet.

Of course, you also need to be careful about what you post. For example, if you have been injured, make sure that Facebook pictures of you engaging in active endeavors are clearly identified as to when they were taken.

Similarly, you should be aware of what other people in your network about posting about you. It is easy to take a social media posting out of context. And insurance adjusters looking for reasons to question your claim have an incentive to do so.

Cautioning your friends and family in this way doesn't constitute a conspiracy. It is merely sound strategy in the age of social media.

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