Insurance companies want to make a profit just like any other for-profit business. Before the onset of social media websites such as Facebook, one of the ways that insurance companies would deny benefits is to use video surveillance on injured workers. That way they could then show the worker was truly not as incapacitated as they were claiming to be.
More and more insurance companies are utilizing websites such as Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook to follow individuals while they’re supposed to be recovering from workplace injuries. Some courts are actually ordering injured plaintiffs to produce their social media sites they are on so that they can be inspected by insurance company attorneys.
Insurance companies are being smart about this. Their have even been cases where plaintiffs wer selling items on eBay or craigslist and earning income and this was noticed by the insurance companies. The insurance company could then make that person ineligible for workers compensation benefits. W
A significant amount of people simply do not realize how much personal information there is on the Internet about individuals. It is not password-protected typically, and it is in the public domain so insurance companies can utilize it. Facebook now integrates tagging of pictures so people can find you simply wish your name. You really need to be careful about your privacy settings on that particular site.
Here are some steps to protect yourself from the prying eyes of the insurance carriers attorneys.
1. The overriding principle is to make sure there is nothing on any of your social media profiles that she would not watch her mother or your attorney to see.
2. Once a week put your name into the major search engines including Google, Yahoo, and being. And see what pops up. If you see anything that is unacceptable to you then you should go on make the adjustments or simply delete those social media accounts.
3. Make very sure to look at your social media accounts privacy settings so that only people who are truly your closest friends will be able to see private content.
4. When you receive e-mails or phone request from people you do not know, do not accept those friend request or send back e-mails. Remember that if you are in the midst of a lawsuit, the opposing team has probably done a lot of research about you and knows a significant amount. They may send an underhanded e-mail with personal information in it giving you the impression that you know each other. Be very wary about this.
5. Set up your social media accounts so that e-mail is necessary before you take on new friends. Do not accept any friend requests from people you do not know personally.