Social Media Can Threaten Your Person Injury Claim
Some pieces of advice need to be talked about more than once. One important one to remember is to be careful about what you post on social media. While this may seem obvious, you would be amazed what the court can use as evidence against you in personal injury cases.
Any evidence that can undermine your personal injury claim, will be used against you – even the stuff you post on Facebook. You are more careful about making any status updates, messages to friends, and even selfies you post. Insurance companies or defense attorneys will look at social media platforms, who will be more than happy to use them in their favor.
When it comes to a personal injury case, it’s standard to file claims asking for compensation for medical bills or any suffering caused by the physical injury. Social media can jeopardize these claims. Imagine filing a claim for severe damage caused by being rear-ended in your car. It’s not going to help you if you post a photo or video of you surfing or running in a marathon.
This will be the exact kind of evidence that may influence a judge’s mind and leave you without any compensation for medical bills and other inconveniences the pain has caused. While you may believe you are entitled to privacy, the truth is, just about anything you send, submit, post or share can be used to create a defense against you. Insurance companies and defense attorneys are going to do everything they can to delegitimize your claim. Even the messages to your friends, which are private to you, can be used.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to protect yourself. At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, we suggest going private on all your social media accounts. Doing this helps lessen the audience of who can see what you share.
The next thing we recommend is to examine what you decide to post before posting it carefully. Does a photo make you look healthy and happy, despite claiming that the personal injury has lowered your quality of life?
You should also make sure you tell friends and family not to post anything about you for the time being. While it’s not easy removing yourselves from social media, even for a little while, respecting the process of a personal injury claim will be well worth it in the end. Give One Law Group a call today to get started on your case.