Social media has become the primary way for us to stay in touch with family and friends, being informed about the latest news, or even just watch funny cat videos to pass the time. But, when you get in an accident, social media can play a big part in the outcome of the case.
You might think that posting pictures and talking about your injuries or overall situation online might not bring too much trouble and might be just as sharing your daily life with your contacts as you have been doing normally. Yet, when involved in a personal injury case, it could be used against your interests by the irresponsible party and their team to discredit or even nullify your claims.
You care, and we care too! That’s why we want to give you the details on how your social media can affect your personal injury claim. Below you will find how your people against your accident claim can use your social media to gain the upper hand as well as how to prevent these negligent parties from doing so.
2. Twitter: Twitter has been growing exponentially in popularity due to its ease of use to share short ideas and get real-time news updates. Nevertheless, if you use your real name and a real profile picture as a Twitter handle instead of a Twitter persona, tweeting about your case or how you would spend your settlement money could destroy your claim.
3. Instagram: Because of the visual nature of Instagram, using it during your claiming process can put you in jeopardy. It might seem innocent enough to post an insta-story of yourself grilling some burgers on Sunday, but it could be used to disprove your pain and suffering.
4. Tik Tok: One of the most popular social media among Millennials and Centennials for video sharing. While it might not be in adjusters’ radars yet, posting a video of yourself can lead to a contradictive story and your injuries’ severity being put into question.
While it might seem harmless to you to talk about your accident to your friends and family, or posting pictures of your injuries, for the defendant’s legal team and insurance this can be admissible proof that your situation is not as harsh as presented by the personal injury attorney handling your case.
It is a common practice for insurance adjusters to scour your social for any proof that would make their client look innocent or at least lower your compensation amount. Any picture, video, or written post about your current situation can be used as evidence in court.
There are many ways insurance adjusters and the defendant’s legal team can use your own social media posts against you. The most likely ones that will be presented as evidence in court are:
Although using your social media can put your case in jeopardy, there are ways to prevent insurance adjusters and defense attorneys from using your private life against you in court. One might think these preventive measures might disrupt their digital life, but, during a personal injury claim, you should be careful not to put yourself against the ropes.
Here are some tips our expert team of personal injury lawyers can give you to prevent social media from affecting your case:
Using your social media profiles after an accident might be a delicate matter, but our team of expert personal injury lawyers is glad to offer their expertise in the handling of your personal injury and accident claims. With a proven track record of success in winning the maximum compensation possible for our clients, we will give you the best possible advice for you to continue to enjoy your social media profiles, safe from predatory insurance companies and the eyes of the party that caused you harm.
Contact us today for a free consultation at (844) 824 – 2955. No matter the time of the day, our lawyers are here for you, we are available 24 hours a day, the seven days of the week. We will offer you the best legal advice and handling of your case, the best part No fees until we win!