Social Media May Not Be Your Friend in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

If you have a pending workers’ compensation claim against your employer, what you post on social media, or what your friends post about you, could hurt your claim. Depending on your employer’s usual practices and the size of your claim, your employer may conduct an in-depth investigation of you that could include reviewing your activity on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms for evidence your claim is fraudulent.

Workers’ compensation fraud occurs when you submit a claim when you were not actually injured, or your injury did not occur at work. There are various types of things you can post to social media that an employer can use to try to prove your claim is fraudulent in such case. (more…)

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Protecting Your Privacy in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Workers’ compensation claims are public records. That is a fact that most claimants do not realize or give much thought. By statute, the social security numbers, medical information, and financial information of injured workers is confidential (Fla. Stat. § 119.07). However, claimant’s home addresses and telephone numbers, and those of their spouses and their children are not automatically maintained as confidential by the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. (more…)

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When Working Hurts: Common Construction Site Accidents

Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. We all know this. What we may not realize is that construction jobs (in all trades) are some of the most hazardous, and accounted for over 18 percent of workplace fatalities in 2010. Historically, 1 in 4 construction workers are injured on the job each year in non-fatal accidents. This certainly represents a dangerous occupation.

It does not take a great imagination to understand why these jobs are so dangerous. On any given construction site there are heavy machines, sharp tools, power tools, scaffolding, trip hazards, electrical hazards, and many other potential dangers. While any of these can cause harm, some hazards seem to cause more injuries than others. (more…)

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