Less said the better.
In workers’ compensation, the old line “what you do say can and will be held against you” is true. An injured worker may at certain times be required to make statements about how the injury occurred, etc. This is a normal part of the claim process. Problems can arise when an injured worker doesn’t consider the ways in which they “volunteer” information or make statements by posting to social media or discussing their claim with a coworker.
Let’s start by saying that honest words and actions are not going to be a problem! The issue comes from the perception of an outsider that what you are doing or saying is beyond the scope of your injury. Example: Your grandson spends all day fishing in a boat and catches a HUGE fish. You come down to the bank briefly to see this amazing fish. You are so proud of the boy that a photo is taken of you, your grandson and the HUGE fish. When the photo inevitably hits Facebook, Instagram, or newest version of social media, the assumption is that YOU caught that fish! By the date of your hearing, the story has become, you the injured worker, stood all day in a rickety boat to catch this giant fish. Therefore, you are clearly not very injured, and this is where a fish tale begins…
Now consider what happens if a well-meaning coworker asks how you are feeling after a work injury? You tell that person a few quick details of your claim. Problem? That person can now be asked by your employer or their insurance company about what you said about your injury or your medical condition. The result is that you may have put that well-meaning person in the middle of your litigation and they only know a small part of the story. Not talking about your injury with others isn’t about not trusting them, it’s just being considerate. Keep them out of any possible litigation.
Bottom line? Act, do and say what is true to you and your injury. Don’t volunteer information inadvertently on social media that could be misinterpreted. If a doctor tells you not to do something, don’t. Follow medical guidelines, comply with treatment, refrain from talking about your claim with others and then the good news is that there won’t be anything to hold against you in a court of law!