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If you’re like most people, you frequently check into social media. You share your successes, failures, and common interests with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram daily. However, if you are involved in a personal injury case, your shared information can affect the outcome in a major way.
How Social Media Affects Your Case
Many people have their privacy settings on social media accounts open so that the public (i.e. anyone) can see what they post. If you are unaware of how to properly secure your accounts, your information can easily be found. Some of the ways that your social media presence can affect your personal injury case are:
Images, video and captions (text) may contradict your testimony. These can also reveal contradicting witness statements.
Showing your location may indicate you are participating in activities that are contrary to your injury.
Friends’ posts can also hurt you if they mention your whereabouts or mobility.
Even if these posts and images don’t tell the whole story and you are merely persevering despite your injury, the defense will use it as evidence against you and as an opportunity to discredit your claim.
How to Protect Yourself
Insurance companies, defense lawyers, and private investigators prioritize checking social media for anything they can use. Therefore, it is recommended you do not use any platform until your case has been settled. Additional items you can do to protect your case are listed below.
Do not post anything about the accident or your pending case.
Do not respond to anyone or make comments about the accident.
Limit posting any messages, pictures, or videos until your case is resolved.
Do not accept new friend requests unless you know the person; often, private investigators or others involved in your case may be trying to gain access.
Secure your social media accounts so that only friends can see what you post.
Perform an unofficial background check on yourself online to see what comes up. You can then address the information, and have it removed before someone else sees it.
Inform family and friends not to post anything about the accident or your case until it is complete.
Social Media and the Law
Social media posts are admissible as evidence in a court of law. Therefore, anything you or someone else posts may hurt your case. It’s better to be extra careful and avoid social media for a while, or you may lose all your benefits.
If you are involved in a personal injury claim and need help, contact us today for our expert guidance on how to have the best outcome and avoid any pitfalls that may negatively affect your settlement.