Social media has become a part of daily life for many Americans. Posts about our families, our friends, our jobs and our daily activities are so common as to be second nature. In most cases, these are completely harmless ways to share your life with those you love.
However, it’s important to remember that, even though these posts are aimed at those close to you, Facebook statuses, Tweets, and Google+ posts are also out there on the Internet for all the world to see. If you’re applying for disability benefits or appealing a denial, it’s important to tread carefully when deciding what is appropriate to post on social media and what could have a negative effect on your case.
Tips on Responsible Social Media Use
Protect yourself from an unfair claim denial based on information from your social media pages by doing the following:
- Don’t post: The best way to avoid posting something detrimental to your case is to not post anything at all. By remaining silent on social media, you avoid giving any ammunition that can be used against you. Try emailing or calling friends instead.
- Watch your words: If you must post, avoid saying anything that would indicate that your disability isn’t genuine. No matter how innocent it may seem to you, many posts about your “activities” may make it appear to others that you aren’t really suffering from a disabling condition and just want to avoid work. We know this is likely not the case, but it’s easy for an insurer to try to construe your words that way when denying benefits.
- Check your settings: Another way to protect yourself online is to change the privacy settings on your account so that only those closest to you receive your updates. Even if you set your account to private though, it is never 100% secure.
If your disability claim has been unfairly denied, it’s important to get an attorney to help with your appeal. M. Stanley Whitehead is a dedicated disability denials lawyer in Houston, Texas. Contact him today for help.