In a world consumed by social media, you might want to use it as a platform to vent about the accident you were in. But before you make that post, think about how it can impact your personal injury claim. In many incidents, posts and photos on your social media site can end up hurting your case.
Did you know that insurance companies will do everything in their power to discredit you to prevent having to pay you a lot in damages? This includes turning to the internet to use what you post against you. There are times when you might slip and say things that make you look bad or question your credibility. You might even post something that could contradict your accident statement. This is especially true when it comes to injuries suffered from your accident.
When it comes to physical injuries, be careful what you say about your injury. You could be posting too much information disproving your injury claims. If you are claiming that you are injured, posting photos about you being active is going to harm your case. Even if you post about partying and having a good time, this could be used as evidence to prove that you aren’t truly injured or as badly injured as you claim.
On top of physical injuries, your social media posts can also hurt your case when it comes to emotional suffering. Maybe you claim that you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from the accident, yet you are posting lighthearted and fun posts. Unfortunately, even these can be used as evidence against you in your personal injury case. Additionally, if you start ranting about your accident, these posts could be used against to show that you come off as bitter or possibly unstable.
Your posts and photos on social media aren’t the only issue. You also have the ability to “check-in” on some social media sites. This is where you post on social media making it visible to the public where you currently are. However, be mindful of where you are checking in if you mention issues with mobility in your claim. If you check in at a gym showing that you are working out, yet you are supposed to be injured, this will be used as evidence against you. Even comments from other people like your family and friends could be used as statements against you, especially if it shows any contradictions or negative impacts to your case.
It is not uncommon for social media posts to be accepted as evidence into many personal injury cases, leading to the other party aggressively looking for things on the internet that they can use against you. One important thing to remember about social media is that it keeps track of when and where things were posted. This is where posts can be indisputable as evidence since these things are usually very accurate.
The best way to avoid social media posts from being used against you during a personal injury case is to refrain from posting on social media anything about the accident or your injury while the case is active. Even if you change your privacy settings, the insurance company and other party might be able to find a way to access your information. This is why it is a good idea to avoid posting altogether or deactivating your account for the time being since there are many ways that things can be misinterpreted and actually used against you in your personal injury case.
Hann Law Firm
At Hann Law Firm, you will work with an aggressive Sacramento personal injury attorney to provide you the guidance and support you need to during a personal injury claim. Offering experience in a wide range of personal injury cases, Hann Law Firm understands how difficult it is to be involved in a personal injury case and are willing to fight for your rights. From the beginning of your case to the end, never settling for less than you deserve, and also reminding you to stay off of social media during your active personal injury case!