In today’s day and age, social media is a major aspect of our lives. If you are involved in an accident, you will want to keep your friends and family in the loop, and social media often seems like the best way to do that. While it may be tempting to post about your personal injury accident, doing so can severely impact your case. Read on to learn more about what could go wrong if you post about an injury on social media.
As soon as you file a personal injury claim, insurance companies and defense attorneys may begin to monitor your social media.
You May Accidentally Admit Fault
If you recount the events of the accident, you may admit fault. Phrasing matters and even the most innocent of statements can be used to show that the accident was actually your doing.
You May Appear Less Injured Than You Are
If you claim that you hurt your knee, and then post photos of yourself taking a walk with friends, a defense attorney may argue that you are not severely injured, if at all. For this reason, you should not post any photos of yourself, your injury, or any activities you partake in.
You May Seem Less Jarred Than You Are
An injury can have a major emotional impact. When it comes to compensation, the emotional suffering you experience as a result of your injury might come into account. If you post on social media reassuring your friends and family how well you are doing, you will also be letting the other party know how well you’re doing. Likewise, overexaggerating or lying about your symptoms will hurt your case as well.
What Can You Do?
Ideally, you will refrain from posting on social media at all until your case is settled. If you do post, be sure that you do not post anything regarding the accident, your injury, your symptoms, or your recovery. Refrain from posting any photos of yourself or posting about the activities you engage in. You should ask your friends and family to avoid posting and tagging any photos of you. Setting your account to private can help, but it is not foolproof. A defense attorney will be able to access your information regardless. During this time, you should not accept any new followers unless you know them personally, as this may be a member of the other party looking to gain access to your information.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another party, contact us today.
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