Getting hurt on the job can be traumatic. This is especially true if you sustained serious injuries that are going to keep you out of work for weeks, if not months.
During such a trying time, you may be inclined to turn to your friends and followers online for love, support, and encouragement. As valuable as those connections are, though, you should be wary of posting about the situation on social media.
Should you proceed with a claim, the insurance adjuster will probably take to monitoring your online activity in search of anything that allows them to challenge your credibility. While there’s no way to guarantee they won’t spin what you post so they can use it against you, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of jeopardizing your case inadvertently. Such steps include:
1. Making Your Profiles Private
Adjust your privacy settings on each profile until only approved contacts can see what you post. While the insurance adjuster may still be able to see some of your content through various external connections, this will provide an extra layer of protection.
2. Ignoring Requests from Strangers
Once you make your profiles private, you’re going to have to manually accept all new friends and followers. Should you receive a request from someone whom you don’t recognize, it’s best to decline it—or at least ignore it—since they may be working for the insurance carrier.
3. Scrutinizing Every Post Before Hitting “Publish”
Consider the content of each post carefully before you make it public. If there’s even a chance a post could be misconstrued and ultimately used to hurt your case, it’s best to avoid putting it out there at all.
Generally speaking, it’s unadvisable to publish anything about the accident, your injuries, or your pending claim. Even seemingly innocuous posts, however, like those about your social life or financial expenditures, could impact the outcome of your claim. For this reason, personal injury attorneys actually advise their clients to stay off social media altogether until their claims have been resolved.
4. Reminding Loved Ones of All That’s at Stake
If the insurance adjuster cannot access much of your content, they may attempt to see what you’re up to by following your closest loved ones on social media. As such, it’s imperative that you remind friends and family members of your pending claim. Ask them to avoid tagging you in their statuses and posting any photos of you until your case has been resolved.
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