Nearly half of the entire world’s population uses social media, and that number is rising day by day. Not only is a significant portion of the world’s population using social media, but people are using social media for staggering periods of time each day.
According to Statista, people spent, on average, about 90 minutes per day on social media in 2012. By 2015, people spent 111 minutes a day on social media. By 2019, the average person spent 144 minutes per day on social media.
With so many people using social media regularly, information is quickly and easily accessed and shared across the globe. While social media can be a great tool for spreading awareness about social issues and the like, it poses unique challenges for injury victims who have filed a personal injury claim.
Keep reading to learn how social media can impact your personal injury claim.
Be Mindful of What You Share
Many people share tons of information about themselves online. Unfortunately, sharing certain information can significantly impact your personal injury claim.
Since social media is considered part of the public domain, anything you, your friends, and your family post online is admissible in court. The statements made on social media are admissible to the extent that they contradict any testimony that is provided in court.
Social Media Use and Your Personal Injury Claim
Even posting statements online that seem innocent enough can be damaging to your claim in the long run. You see, anything you post online can be misconstrued or taken out of context in order to benefit the other party.
If you unwittingly post something to social media that contradicts your case, this can make it even more difficult for you to recover the compensation you deserve. It doesn’t matter what you post—a status update, publish a photo, or upload a video—whatever you say online can bring doubt toward the facts of what happened.
Generally, there are two major ways that your claim can be harmed through the use of social media:
#1: What’s posted on social media can contradict your testimony.
Let’s say you claim that you were injured in a clothing store at 3:30 pm on Friday, but you checked in to a fitness class on Facebook at that time. This discrepancy can be used against you.
#2: Social media content can show that your injuries are not as severe as you say they are.
Let’s say you claim that you are too injured to take care of everyday activities like cooking and cleaning. Then, a week later, your friend posts a photo of the two of you hiking together. The defense can use the photo of you hiking to prove that you are not too injured to take care of the household chores.
It’s vital to your case that you are 100% honest about your losses and injuries in addition to the details of your claim. You can eliminate your chances of recovering compensation by sharing contradictory information on social media.
Avoid Making Mistakes With Your Claim on Social Media
It’s not just about what you post on your own social media profiles; it’s also about what you comment on your friends’ profiles, where you check-in, plus much more. Use the following guidelines to protect your claim from social media issues:
- Completely refrain from discussing your case or your injuries online
- Limit your social media use while your claim is pending
- It’s a good idea to avoid social media altogether during this time
- Carefully consider what you post before you post it, including:
- Check-ins involving certain activities or locations
- Changing your profile from “public” to “friends only” may not keep your claim safe
- The defense may know some of your friends and request information from them
- The defense can file a demand for the production of documents, including copies of your social media profiles, even if your account is private
It’s also wise to keep in mind that any quarrel on social media can muddle and extend your case.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, our attorneys at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC are here to help. We have assisted hundreds of people obtain justice, and we can help you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away.
Call us today at (866) 675-4427 to have an experienced Stuart personal injury attorney from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC evaluate your case.