Social Media Could Affect Your Personal Injury Claim, and Here's How
Published in Attorney,Personal Injury on March 9, 2018.
These days, most people regularly use at least one form of social media. There is a correct way and an incorrect way to use social media platforms. Many people make the mistake of posting their entire life story on these websites, but this can be a big problem in many situations, including if they have a personal injury case pending. Many lawyers, including those at Nelson & Smith, tell their clients to give up social media in such a situation, especially when there is an insurance claim involved. However, most people ignore this advice and stay connected. If you insist on continuing to use social media, you should know how it could affect your claim.
Restrict Access with Privacy Settings
As a golden rule, you should never post anything about your personal injury claim or even anything related to the accident that led to your injuries on social media. Insurance adjusters check social media websites like Facebook and Instagram to learn more about claimants, so you want to avoid anything that might appear suspicious to them. For instance, if you have been injured badly enough that you are can’t work, you shouldn’t post anything about doing anything strenuous like sports. When you have a personal injury claim pending, your social media pages can be subpoenaed, which can easily work against you.
Avoid Venting About the Case
A personal injury case can be a long, drawn-out process that can really wear your patience thin, especially if you are expecting a big settlement or a judgment if you have filed a lawsuit. Never go on your social media pages to vent about it, make negative comments about the defendant or any other parties or post about updates regarding the case. Doing this is a huge mistake that can really come back to bite you. It can also lead to the defense or insurance company portraying or seeing you as being vindictive instead of injured.
Avoid Posting About Your Injuries
Even though you might want to keep all of your friends and family members updated about your life on social media, the status of your injuries should be an exception. While you can easily post images of your injuries and make periodic updates about your overall well-being, making such posts on social media can make it seem as though you are minimizing your condition. It can also make things more complicated while you are seeing doctors and physical therapists for treatment. These professionals are normally called in to testify about your condition, but your social media posts about your injuries might actually undermine their testimony, jeopardizing your chances at getting the compensation you truly deserve.
In addition, if someone you know is aware that you have been injured and makes a post about it asking you about your condition, avoid replying. You may even want to reach out to that person and ask them to delete the post. Explain that you cannot discuss the case because it’s pending or currently taking place and could complicate things.
If you have been injured by someone else’s actions or negligence, you may want to consider filing a personal injury claim. If you are located in the state of Georgia, contact Nelson & Smith at your earliest convenience to discuss your case with a skilled personal injury lawyer.
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