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Injured Parties Must Be Careful When Posting to Social Media Sites

By Heidi Culbertson
December 11, 2020
4 min read

It is important for injured parties with workers’ compensation claims to be careful about posting information on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Uploading information on these or other social networks can be risky because anything that you post can be accessed by investigators seeking to produce evidence that could potentially weaken your case. Anything you say can be taken out of context and used to discredit you or your legal claims. Before you post to social media, be aware that the information you share is discoverable and may be reviewed by the insurance adjuster, opposing counsel, and the judge.

Because defending attorneys peruse social media sites and often use evidence found there against the injured party, it is best to refrain from posting anything online for the duration of the legal matter. If a defense lawyer obtains photos of you performing activities that should be restricted while you are in recovery this evidence could be used against you. For example, if you have indicated that you are in severe pain,  and you post photos of yourself on the ski slopes, questions about the severity of your injuries could be called into question. If you do post anything online, you must first carefully evaluate your photo and status updates, and consider how this information could be pertinent to your case.

If You Have Been Injured

If you have been injured on the job or in the line of duty, do not make the mistake of trying to handle the legal claim yourself. Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Burg Simpson today by calling 866-506-3183 or fill out our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM now to find out how we can help.

About Nick Fogel

Burg Simpson Shareholder Nick Fogel is the practice group leader of Burg Simpson’s workers’ compensation department. His department has achieved Tier 1 status by US News and World Report (the highest-ranking available).  Nick’s practice is devoted to those who have been injured while working on the job and in the line of duty.  In this capacity, Nick has extensive courtroom experience handling a wide variety of matters.

Nick has also been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association for inclusion in The Top 40 under 40 Association and as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Colorado. The selection is based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile in the Trial Lawyer community. Nick has also been selected by The American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the Top 40 Litigation Lawyers under 40 in Colorado.  Since 2012, Nick has been recognized by his peers as a Colorado Super Lawyer Rising Star, a distinction limited to only the top 2.5 percent of qualifying lawyers in the state. He has also been selected to the Best Lawyers in America and as a Top Colorado Attorney by 5280 Magazine.  Nick is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. This is an elite group, and only about 10 percent of all attorneys hold an AV Preeminent Rating.

About Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine,  has a reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Burg Simpson has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning catastrophic personal injury, mass tort and class actions regarding dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, complex commercial and business litigation, construction defects, and workers’ compensation. The firm’s success has also included more than 200 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

If you have a Workers’ Compensation or Personal Injury Claim: Contact Burg Simpson Now at 866-506-3183

 

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