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Talking about workers' comp claims on social media

Social media has proven to be a powerful venue for a host of reasons. Not only does social media connect loved ones and allow individuals to network both creatively and professionally, it also serves to promote issue awareness, political causes and business branding. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, social media allows individuals to express themselves. From personal grievances and taste preferences to religious, social justice and political identifications, social media allows for a wide range of personal expression.

However, it is important to understand that simply because social media allows individuals to express themselves that it is not always a good idea to express oneself on a social media platform. It remains advisable to keep some issues private and to express opinions on certain matters in forums other than social media. If you are an injured or ill worker and are either seeking or have received a workers’ compensation claim, it may be best to keep your situation and your opinions about your claim off of social media.

Depending on your employer’s social media policy, you can be dismissed from your position simply for discussing your job or your company online. While the National Labor Relations Act technically protects your right to discuss work-related matters, including compensation, with your co-workers, the nature of what you choose to post may compromise your ability to receive proper compensation for your work-related illness or injury.

If you wish to discuss your situation online, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney before you post anything specific. An attorney can review your particular circumstances and advise you about potential post-related consequences before you move forward.

Source: Findlaw Injured, “Can You Talk About a Workers' Comp Claim on Facebook?” Le Trinh, March 25, 2015

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