Social media has become so prominent that it is almost more surprising to find someone who doesn't use it. And while this isn't inherently a bad thing, the fact of the matter is that many individuals tend to overshare a bit. They think nothing of posting about big decisions, intimate details of their lives, and even sharing details about personal injuries that the poster has experienced. It makes sense that this is information you might want to share with your friends and family, however you should think twice before posting about your personal injury and your case on any of your social media accounts. In fact, you should reconsider using social media at all during an active personal injury claim. Doing so could negatively impact your claim.
Social Media and Your Claim
Because so many people use social media every day, it becomes second nature to post about everything. The good, the bad, and everything in between is often broadcast all over our accounts, in other words, complete with photos and detailed information. All of this information can actually be used against you when you are fighting for justice after experiencing a personal injury. Think about a situation where perhaps you broke your leg, for example, and are attempting to recover monetary compensation for both the medical bills incurred during your treatment as well as pain and suffering that directly resulted from the physical injury in question.
Once you file against an entity in a personal injury claim, their lawyer's job is to find any information possible to invalidate your claims and refute your evidence. In the above scenario where you have broken your foot, you might be seeking damages related to the physical injury as well as the emotional distress you've been experiencing as a result. The defendant's lawyers, then, could go through your social media and pull every single photo or post that shows you even remotely living life normally and without express reference to pain and suffering as evidence that you are being less than truthful with your claims. Something as simple as posting about routinely visiting the grocery store on your own, or a photo of yourself at a park with your children, could be twisted to "prove" that you aren't really experiencing as much pain as you claim.
The Best Option
If you are in the middle of a personal injury case, or believe that you might have the grounds to open one, the best option is to ensure that all of your profiles are as private as possible, and to stay off of social media entirely if possible. Doing this will help ensure that there is no evidence for the defendant to find.
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