If you have been injured in an accident caused by another party, you have the right to pursue a personal injury case. However, in order to obtain fair compensation, you have to be especially cautious about what you do and say from now on. In particular, you will want to limit what you post on social media pages. Posting the wrong things could damage your case.
Here are a few ways social media can affect your personal injury case.
Check-ins on Facebook and other social media sites show where you are and what activities you are participating in. While this normally would not be a big deal, it can be detrimental if you are in the middle of a personal injury case. For instance, if you are claiming that you suffered a neck injury, but check in at the bowling alley or a group fitness class, the other side may argue that you are not truly injured.
On social media, it can be fun to share photos of yourself participating in various activities. However, if you are pursuing a personal injury claim, you have to be more careful about the kinds of photos you post. For example, if you are claiming that you sustained a back injury in a car accident and post a photo of yourself at an amusement park, it could indicate to the other side that you are not as hurt as you claim to be.
Many people use social media to vent out their frustrations. However, you should never share details about your accident on your social media profiles. If you make a statement that’s inconsistent with what you told the insurance company, you could lose some credibility. You also do not want to make any comments about how your personal injury case is progressing.
After your accident, the defendant’s insurance company may browse your social media profiles and even create fake accounts to find out information to use against you. As such, you have to be extra cautious about how you converse on social media while you’re in the middle of your personal injury case.
If you still want to use social media while your personal injury case is pending, at least make your posts private. This will make it more difficult for the insurance company to find out information. You should also avoid posting photos of yourself and ask your friends and family to avoid tagging you in pictures.
It is also wise to avoid posting your location on social media and updates about how your personal injury case is going.