Social Media Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case – Keep It Quiet
With everyone glued to social media these days, after a car accident, it may seem natural to post about it. After all, that may be the quickest and most convenient way to reach out to the most people.
However, it is important to realize that anything you post on social media may be accessed by the insurance company or its defense attorneys. According to an article in the Huffington Post about social media and insurance companies https://www.huffpost.com/entry/do-insurance-companies-lo_b_7844070 the internet is one of the first places that insurance companies will go when they investigate a claim.
Posting to social medial that you are ok so friends and family will not worry can be used against you if you are claiming injuries and impact your credibility. If you provide a description of the accident that is at all in conflict with your subsequent testimony that could also be used against you. The simple rule is – DO NOT POST ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR CAR ACCIDENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
In addition to refraining from posting anything about the accident, you should also refrain from posting photographs of yourself until your claim is resolved. Merely posting a photograph of yourself having fun with friends may be used to contradict and bring into question the severity of your injuries. Furthermore, if you are tagged in photographs that friends post, remove the tag or adjust your photo viewing to “only me” in your privacy options.
Even if you change your privacy settings, your social media accounts can, and you should assume will be subpoenaed by the defense. This includes private messages and chat conversations, so pick up the phone rather than posting.
Essentially, assume that nothing is private when it comes to social media. It is not worth the risk of hurting your case so do not post.
If you or someone you love sustained injuries caused by another party’s careless or reckless behavior, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. A West Palm Beach accident lawyer can help. Contact Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC for more information about how we can assist you with your accident claim.
This blog is written by Partner Glenn Siegel.