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Why Injured Workers Should Deactivate Their Social Media Accounts

Your private photos could be used against you by insurance companies.

Today’s post comes from guest author Nathan Reckman from Paul McAndrew Law Firm.

Recently, it seems as though everyone is connected through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. These tools have become a great way to keep in touch with friends and family scattered all over the world. Unfortunately, the information you or your connections post on your social networking sites can cause your workers’ compensation claim to be denied.

The Commission denied further benefits in part based on pictures obtained from Zack’s MySpace and Facebook pages.

For example, Zack Clement suffered a hernia when a refrigerator fell on him while he was working at a warehouse in Arkansas. After undergoing three surgeries and receiving work comp benefits for a year, Zack took his case back to the Arkansas Compensation Commission to get an extension of his benefits. The Commission denied further benefits in part based on pictures obtained from Zack’s MySpace and Facebook pages. The Arkansas Court of Appeals upheld the Commission’s decision, noting Zack’s claims of excruciating pain were inconsistent with the pictures of Zack drinking and partying.

In Iowa, the Workers’ Compensation Commission has also relied on Facebook posts to deny an injured worker benefits. Jody McCarthy had a debilitating back condition that she claimed was aggravated by her work. The deputy commissioner noted that Continue reading

Facebook Being Used as Evidence in Court

Earlier this year, Reuters Legal reported an increase in the inclusion of content on social networking sites as evidence in trials, particularly personal injury cases.

Two state courts and a Federal ruling have given defendants access to classified photos and postings, indicating a legal shift and reflecting a larger conversation about the privacy of personal information online. The article pointed to a New York Supreme Court ruling allowing the defense to use MySpace postings of smiley faces to disprove a plaintiff’s personal injury claim that she suffered “serious permanent personal injuries.”

If you get caught up in a law suit, insurance companies will search out any means to attack your claim.

In reporting the Reuters piece, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog noted Continue reading