It’s a good idea in general to keep your social media accounts private, but especially if you’ve been injured at work. You may just want to show your friends and family a cute picture of you holding your child or playing games at a picnic, or post about a gig your band is playing – no big deal, right? Wrong! Those same innocent pictures and posts can be submitted as evidence in your workers’ compensation claim, to show that your injury wasn’t that severe, or that you shouldn’t be receiving temporary total disability compensation. It sounds silly, but these are just a few examples of actual situations our clients have found themselves in.
The Ohio BWC special investigators and employers’ private investigators always check injured workers’ social media accounts as a matter of course whenever they’re doing an investigation. You should be mindful of what you post at all times, and make your social media accounts private. The Internet doesn’t forget, and you never know who’s going to be looking at your posts. Please contact us at 614-221-1300 if you have questions and want to speak with an attorney about the specifics of your case.