Some people believe that posting on social media can be a great help. For example, it may help someone coping with an injury to discuss it online. Additionally, telling your story may serve as a warning to others. Social media also gives us a sense of community and support throughout difficult times. This is why it might make sense to post about a serious accident on social media. In reality, posting on social media will hurt your case far more than it could help.
Who Can Access my Social Media?
You have probably been told, or told someone, that what you put on the internet is permanent. This is important advice to take when it comes to a social media account. Even if your account is set to private, a defense attorney or insurance company may still be able to access and use your content. This could even include deleted posts and direct messages.
How Will They Use My Socials?
If you are injured due to the negligence of another party, you will need to prove that the other party is at fault and that negligence was involved. A defense attorney can use your posts to show that you are to blame for the injury, or that you are not as injured as you claim, among other things. For example, if you claim to be experiencing knee pain and then you post a photo going for a hike, this will severely hurt your credibility and cause the other party to believe your injury is not greatly impacting you physically.
What Can I Do?
The best thing to do during a personal injury case is to refrain from posting on social media at all until your case is settled. If you do continue posting on social media, do not post about your injury or accident under any circumstances. Additionally, you should avoid posting any photos of yourself or the activities you partake in. While it is not foolproof, it can help to set your account to private. Make sure you do not accept any new followers unless you know them personally, as this may be a member of the other party attempting to keep tabs on you. Lastly, you should ask that your friends and family refrain from posting any photos of you or tagging you in any posts.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. We want to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
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If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Ruben Law Firm today.