If you work in the construction industry, you’re likely aware of the fact that your profession is among the most notoriously dangerous occupations that Americans undertake in modern times. You may be required to work at great heights, while navigating traffic, and/or while utilizing heavy machinery. Because you work in Illinois, you’re also likely exposed to extreme temperatures and weather conditions on a regular basis.
If you’ve been hurt while on the job, you may be tempted to treat your experience like any other. After all, you work in a dangerous industry, so you may have been expecting that you would get hurt at some point. As a result, you might be thinking that you should post about this life event – as you would virtually any other – on social media so that your loved ones can be alerted to what is going on with you in an efficient manner. Who wants to call each loved one and colleague individually to explain that they’ve been hurt?
Yet, as efficient as social media platforms are in spreading information quickly and in a streamlined fashion, you’re going to want to avoid posting about your construction accident until your case has been fully resolved.
What You Say Can (and Likely Will) Be Used Against You
“Wait,” you may be saying, “isn’t that the warning that police give when they arrest someone?” Yes, it is. But the logic of the statement applies to injury victims who are seeking compensation for harm sustained on the job as well. Whether you’re applying for workers’ compensation benefits, filing insurance claims, and/or working with an attorney to file a personal injury lawsuit, what you post on social media can be used to mitigate the strength of your case.
Insurance claims adjusters and opposing counsel will almost certainly troll your accounts – regardless of how strong your privacy settings are – in an attempt to gather evidence that you are not as hurt as you claim to be, that something unrelated to work caused your harm, or both. Even seemingly innocent pictures and comments can be misinterpreted – or purposefully twisted – so you’ll want to either avoid social media altogether or take great care when posting until your case is closed.
Connect with a Reputable Chicago Construction Injury Lawyer Today for More Information
The aftermath of a construction accident can be disorienting, to characterize the situation mildly. You may be temporarily – or even permanently – out of work due to your injuries, you may not feel like yourself because you’re taking painkillers, and you may be understandably worried about what the future holds. Know that you don’t have to manage these stressors without assistance. The dedicated team of construction injury attorneys at Anesi Ozmon, LTD. is here to help ensure that you are paid all of the compensation that you’re rightfully owed without undue delay.
Our team has been proudly advocating on behalf of the interests of hard-working injured construction professionals in Illinois since 1955. We are ready to help you get results, just as we have helped so many of your construction worker colleagues. To learn more about your options and about our team’s client-focused approach to legal presentation, call us at (312) 313-5011 or connect with our team online. We look forward to assisting you during this challenging time.