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Using social media evidence to fight insurance challenges

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Insurance Defense |

Given how often individuals and businesses alike turn to social media for any number of reasons – including connection, access to a captive audience and marketing potential – it is, perhaps, not at-all surprising that social media activity is increasingly influencing various legal landscapes, including insurance claims.

As more people share their lives on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and X, their digital footprints are proving to become valuable in the insurance industry, especially for companies facing challenges against denied claims.

Proving misrepresentation

One of the primary ways insurance companies can use social media in defense against denied claims is by identifying evidence of misrepresentation or outright fraud. Claimants sometimes post content that contradicts what they have reported in a claim. For example, someone claiming disability benefits due to a severe injury might post photos or videos participating in physical activities that would be impossible if they had sustained their alleged injuries to the extent claimed.

Social media provides a real-time, unfiltered look into claimants’ lives, offering evidence that can be used to substantiate the reasons for denying a claim. Additionally, for long-term claims, such as those involving continuous medical care or disability, social media can be used to monitor the claimant’s activities over time. Regular checks can reveal information about the claimant’s physical and mental condition, indicating recovery progress or exposing activities that might suggest an exaggerated claim.

Social media posts can also provide additional support for documentation and witness statements collected during the investigation of a claim. Posts by the claimant or by others present at an incident can corroborate or contradict statements given during the claims process, adding a layer of verification that is increasingly accepted in legal contexts.

As social media continues to weave into the fabric of daily life, its role in legal processes, particularly in insurance defense, has become more pronounced. By effectively utilizing digital evidence from these platforms, insurance companies can strengthen their position against denied claims challenges, providing tangible, real-time data that support their decisions.


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