Why Should You Stay Off Social Media During a Personal Injury Case?
Social media is a great way to stay connected with friends and family in the 21st century. However, it can hinder your ability to pursue compensation in a personal injury case. If you have been injured, the best thing you can do is stay off social media.
Here’s why you should avoid posting to social media until your case is resolved:
- Social media posts count as evidence in court. Anything you post to a public social media account is a public record. As such, defense attorneys and insurance companies can use what you say against you. For example, if you posted right after an accident saying you only had a minor injury, but you are seeking compensation for a much more serious injury that appeared later on, insurance companies can claim that the injuries did not result from the crash.
- Social media posts can negate your claim. Social media posts can hinder your ability to pursue compensation for pain and suffering, as well as other non-economic damages. For example, if a friend posts a picture of you smiling and having fun at a party, insurance companies can show this in court as proof that your claim of emotional trauma is false. Even if the picture was taken before the accident, it can be used out of context to dispute your claim.
- Social media posts can come back to bite you. If you post negative things about people involved in the case, or make statements regarding your injuries that are not consistent with medical records, these posts can be used against you. Insurance companies will do everything they can to avoid paying you a financial settlement. They will investigate your social media accounts for anything they can use to disprove your character and your claim. It is important to inform friends and family members to avoid posting things about you as well until the case is resolved.
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At Levinson Law Group, our Carlsbad personal injury attorneys are dedicated to providing efficient, aggressive representation. When it comes to social media, the bottom line is to avoid posting entirely. If that is not possible, at the very least, make sure your privacy settings are at the highest level to keep insurance companies and others from gathering information to use against you. We can discuss your options, provide knowledgeable assistance, and guide you through the process. Our firm prides itself on finding effective solutions to legal issues, and we can uphold your rights to compensation in court.
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