Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Social media sites like Facebook being used to spy on injured workers. This is a growing phenomenon, which could spell real problems for personal injury or worker's compensation claimants especially. Some very worthwhile tips:

1.Make sure there is nothing you would not want your mother or the insurance company lawyer to see.
2.Search your name to see that what comes up is acceptable. Make whatever adjustments are necessary.
3.Check your privacy settings.
4.Don't answer emails or requests from people you don't know. (Keep in mind that because of the lawsuit process, the opposing legal team knows a lot about you and could send you an email that might make you think you know each other.)
5.Don’t accept a Facebook friend that you don’t know. Set up your Facebook to require an email before you will accept a new friend.

And, speaking as a lawyer who knows that most lawyers are way behind the technology curve, volunteer to your lawyer if you are prominent on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. It could make the difference between a salvageable case and getting blindsided at trial.


Ron Moses said...

Also, don't commit insurance fraud. It makes the other five warnings somewhat less important.

kristinintexas said...

Ron, you already said what I came here to say. Word.

Georg Felis said...

Even if you are as innocent as the blowing snow, the above advice is still Good Advice. About anything you say in social media, can and will be used against you in a court of law by a smart lawyer who is more than happy to smear you to save their client.

Anonymous said...

This is good advice for EVERYONE using social media. And as Ron and kristin said, not committing fraud drastically reduces your chances of getting caught coommitting fraud :)

mbecker908 said...

But Ron, etal, if people stop committing insurance fraud at least one - and maybe the last - successful business in CA.