A man in Arkansas who suffered an on-the-job injury was recently denied an extension of his workers’ compensation benefits after his employer and its insurance company discovered some photos online of the claimant drinking and having fun according to an article on bottomline.msnbc.msn.com.
The worker brought an argument before the Arkansas Court of Appeals, which ruled against him. According to the Court, “we find no abuse of discretion in the allowance of the photographs.” The worker “contended that he was in excruciating pain, but these pictures show him drinking and partying,” said a judge and that the pictures were evidence that the worker had made a recovery from his injuries and that the photos called the employee’s credibility into question.
In this time of social media, claimants must be aware that this is yet another means for an employer and an insurance company to attempt to deny claims – this true even when pictures have been taken out of context. For this reason, it is important to abstain from posting pictures, comments, or sharing any information online while a claim is ongoing. You should also ask your friends to do the same when it comes to tagging photos of you, etc.
For more information on how social media can negatively affect your claim, read Ty’s article, How Social Media Can Hurt Your Georgia Injury Claim.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
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