Social media has enabled people all around the world to connect and keep
up with each other in ways like never before. Networks like Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram, and more have all given us the ability to share what’s
happening with our lives using text, pictures, videos, and even live streaming
through the camera on our smart phone. When you suffer a serious injury,
you may be tempted to share some of the details of your accident in this
way, since your friends just
have to know how awesome and painful the aftermath looks.
However, before you make that post, you should stop to consider the impact
of what you could be doing. The information you are sharing could have
a major impact on your case should you ever seek compensation for the
negligence that caused you to become injured. Let’s take a closer
look at how this happens.
Social Media is Available to Everyone
No matter how tightly you lock down your privacy settings on social media
profiles or how selective you are in choosing those who gain access to
your posts, anything you post on social media automatically becomes public.
While you may not be concerned about your friends seeing a picture of
you after your accident (after all, that’s why you shared the picture
in the first place, right?), you should be concerned about those who are
not your friends and who are looking to discredit your injury claim to
avoid paying compensation gaining access to that info.
For example, let’s say you were involved in a car accident and injured
your hand in a way that prevents you from being able to work properly.
However, not long after, you post a picture of you with friends at a bowling
alley. While you may not have ever actually picked up a ball thanks to
your injury, the defendant in your case may use that picture to try to
claim that you are faking your injury and that your case should be dropped.
Because this picture was posted in what is considered to be a public space,
it will be admissible as evidence and could have a huge impact on your case.
You also want to be extremely careful about what you
say about your injury on social media. When you are injured, you do not want
to post details about what’s happening in your case, nor do you
want to discuss how you’re hurting, what the results of your latest
doctor’s test are, or anything that could pertain to your injury
whatsoever. Much like the picture example listed above, these posts are
public information and could therefore be used against you and submitted
as testimony on your behalf.
Social Media Best Practices
Social media may be great for connecting with friends or others with whom
you share similar interests, but it’s not a great place to discuss
important legal matters. When you are involved in an injury case, the
best course of action is just to get off social media for a little while
until your case resolves in order to avoid any potential missteps being
used against you. But this isn’t always feasible, or even possible
for some people, like those who use these networks for their career or
vital communication. If that’s the case, here are a few good tips
If you have been injured in an accident, get assistance obtaining the legal
compensation you need and deserve! Call the Martin County personal injury
lawyers at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates today by dialing 866-675-4427
and request a
free case evaluation.
- Always assume you are being watched at all times. It’s actually not
uncommon for the attorneys on the other side to carefully watch your social
media to see if you say anything they could use to the advantage of their
client and their interests. Even if your profile is private, assume anything
you post can and will make it back to the other side.
- Consider how anything you post could impact your case if misconstrued and
used against you. Before you hit that “post” button, think
about what you’re about to tell the world for a second, and ask
yourself “How could this be used against me in the worst possible
way?” If the information could be damaging to your claim, then you
might want to reconsider posting it. Only post if you feel confident that
nothing in the post could possibly be used against you.
- If you have posted about your condition on social media before starting
your claim, discuss it with your attorney right from the outset. Your
attorney will advise you on the best course to proceed before you file
your claim. They also could go through your posts and determine if anything
there could be used as evidence to your advantage, such as images of the
accident scene or post times which corroborate your side of the story
against the other party’s.