Social Network Warning for the Injured
Do you like posting comments about your day or checking in at places you have been with friends? Most of us do, but if you’ve been injured in an accident you must be careful posting on social networks! Insurance adjusters have made it a habit to look up injured accident victims on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and other social media sites to see if they can catch someone with injuries doing something they shouldn’t be. For example, if you are complaining about neck and back pain but show yourself on a rollercoaster – that could pose a problem, or if you are claiming your knee hurts so bad you can’t walk but brag about skateboarding this could pose a problem! Many people post things without even giving it a second thought, but you must use caution when you have an accident claim.
Make sure you check your pictures! Facebook has a new privacy level so some of your photos uploaded by a mobile device (phone or tablet) AUTOMATICALLY are public unless you change the privacy option. How do you find out if this is happening to you? Go to a search engine and type in your name and see what pops up. One of the employees here at Phillips and Lyon did that and was shocked to find pictures of her daughter and her vacation from Facebook and Instagram were online for everyone to see. If your pictures show up public you just have to log onto the site and change your privacy settings to show your pictures ONLY to friends.
Take a second to think about what you post!