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Can What You Post on Social Media Affect Your Injury Case?

Posted on February 2, 2018 

You post everything about your life on social media because you want to keep your family and friends updated. This includes anything from the vacations you take to the new job promotions you receive over time. So what happens when you’re injured in a personal injury accident? Perhaps, after you are involved in a car accident, you decide to post pictures of the accident and your injuries. Or, you ask people for prayers as you suffer from serious injuries. However, before many people do this, they don’t stop to think about the legal consequences of these actions and how it could play a role in court when the time comes.

When Dealing With the Insurance Companies 

social mediaIf you have been injured in an accident with another party, an insurance company will likely be involved. Unfortunately, as many people know in an accident, dealing with the insurance company is never an easy thing. These companies are known for wanting to pay you as little as possible for your claim, which means that they will do whatever it takes to bring forth evidence that shows that your injuries are not as severe as they seem. This could mean that they send an investigative team to scour social media sites to come up with necessary information.

Here’s an example of this: Perhaps, in your car accident, you claim that you sustained a very serious injury to the back, and now you cannot bend over or pick anything up easily, which has kept you out of work. However, maybe you have been tagged in a picture with friends where you were out drinking and picked up a friend, letting them ride on your shoulders. These cases happen all the time. You don’t want to incriminate yourself or make it seem like you are withholding the truth when it comes time for your accident case.

How Companies Find Information

You may think that what you post online is completely private to the public eye. But are you sure that everything in your settings points to this? Maybe the insurance company can see every single thing you are tagged in, which means that they have a glimpse into your private life and what you have been doing since the accident. And, your information can still be accessed if these companies push to request access during time of discovery, especially if they believe evidence you’ve posted will push them in the right direction and build a claim against you.

It is important to think before you post online on social media during your case. You should always avoid posting about certain aspects of your case, like private conversations you have with your attorney, information regarding your injuries, problems you have had with treatment, and any conversations you have had with others about the case. In general: Do not post about your case on social media!

Are you looking to get the most successful results out of your personal injury claim? At Accident Law Group, we can guide you in the right direction when you have sustained an injury due to the fault of another party and want to get fair compensation for these injuries. We want to help you protect your rights, so call us today at 602-262-4254.

Sources

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimmyrohampton/2017/06/08/can-social-media-have-an-impact-on-your-personal-injury-claim/#6f94ebd870bd