Today, we live in a world that is full of technology. Years ago simple tasks take days upon days to do such as properly doing laundry, communicating with others that are not relatively close, and even getting food. Today, we now do not have that of the same issues presently within our society and communities. Communication is done almost instantly to anywhere in the world in the palm of your hand, we have grocery stores and fast-food restaurants at our disposal, and we now rely on that of common appliances to help us complete our daily chores. However, is technology always helping us?
The United States is currently within an economic recession that is impacting the country in multiple ways. Individuals are losing their jobs, and if not, they are taking a heavy pay cut in order for the business to be kept afloat, or even that of other employees. If you experience an accident while at work that has to deal with the tasks and assignments that you are employed to do you are entitled to damages. When you have to take off work for your injuries, you are not only feeling the pain physically, but also financial due to medical bills and even lost wages.
However, social media is now not only connecting individuals to one another in a positive way, but is also hurting them and their workers compensation claims. With websites such as Facebook where individuals can check into locations, upload photos and videos, and let people know what is on their mind there is little privacy left in the life of an individual today.
Yet, the information you share and upload can easily impact your workers compensation claim damages that you are awarded. One story shows us just how far what you share can really go. A woman had filed a worker’s compensation claim for hurting her lower back and hips while on the job and stood to gain damages between $50,000-$70,000. However, the woman uploaded a video on Facebook of her son’s wrestling match that showed herself jumping in bleachers and seemingly moving without pain. As a result, she had to settle for less than $5,000. Make sure that not only when you are going through a worker’s compensation claim, but also always being cautious in the information that you share on the internet.
Changes are constantly made within the field of employment, so if you plan on filing a workman’s compensation claim, it would be best to seek professional help. It is important to have someone on your side that knows the law and knows how to make it work for you. Michael R. Lawless, P.A., Attorney at Law specializes in these types of case. He provides a free consultation, including evenings and weekends by appointment, at their offices in Lenexa, Kansas or Grandview, Missouri offices. Call today at 1-800-734-3771, 913-681-5566 or 816-966-0099.