As Americans become more and more used to sharing their thoughts, feelings and experiences on social media, it’s no surprise that you might want to tell your social media contacts about your injury in a vehicle crash and your personal injury lawsuit. You want to update your family and friends on the progress of your case. Don’t use social media to do so! It’s unwise to provide details on social media that can be found and used by the defendant in your lawsuit to demonstrate that your injury isn’t as serious as you and your attorney have claimed.
Say you’ve posted some smiling photos of yourself on a recent nature hike. In them, you don’t appear to be suffering from your injury! The posted photos don’t show the crutch you have been using to be able to stay upright and walk safely, or the friend who has been picking you up and carrying you over the rougher spots on the trail. Your social media posting can have a negative impact on your claim of damages and negotiations for a settlement.
“A claimant who wants to be compensated for his or her injuries must offer proof,” writes
Stephanie Caudle in the Huffington Post. “The defense will pull upon anything they can in order to reduce the amount of money they are liable for.” You may not be aware that your social media postings are considered to be a matter of public record. “Anything that you post publicly on the internet, or that others post about you, may be used as evidence and therefore used against you during a personal injury claim,” she emphasizes.
After your injury, you will be smart to suspend all of your social media accounts temporarily. At least be sure that your account privacy settings are the highest. Ask friends and family members not to post anything related to you after your accident.
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