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Should you post about your oil field injury online?

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2024 | Oil Field Injuries

Working in the oil fields of North Dakota is demanding and dangerous. If you’ve suffered an injury on the job, you may feel the need to share your experience online. However, before you hit “post,” consider the potential implications of sharing your story on social media.

The impact on your claim

When you share details about your injury online, you risk affecting any injury claims related to the incident. Insurance companies and opposing parties can easily access public posts and use your words against you. They might argue that your injury isn’t as severe as you claim or that your account of the incident is inconsistent.

Privacy concerns

Social media platforms function as public spaces. Even with strict privacy settings, you cannot guarantee that your posts will remain private. Friends or followers might share your posts, widening the audience beyond your control. This can lead to unintended parties, such as your employer or coworkers, seeing sensitive information about your condition and the circumstances of your injury.

The risk of misinformation

In the immediate aftermath of an injury, details can be unclear or subject to change as investigations proceed. Posting early on might lead to the spread of inaccurate information, which can harm your case and mislead others. It’s important to have all the facts before sharing your story publicly.

Alternatives to posting online

If you feel the need to communicate about your injury, consider keeping a personal journal that can help you process your experience and work injuries without the risks associated with public posting.

You can also share your story with close family or friends in person or through private communication channels.

Protect your claim and privacy

Posting about your oil field injury online may seem tempting, but the potential risks often outweigh the benefits. Protecting your privacy and the integrity of your claim should be your top priorities. Before sharing anything on social media, consider the long-term implications and explore safer ways to communicate your experience.