If you received an injury, you should be aware that you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the party responsible for causing the accident. If your claim is successful, you may receive compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Out of pocket expenses
- Medical bills
In these hard times, many people turn to their social media profiles and try to express their current situation and wellbeing. However, what most people do not know is the fact that social media posts can jeopardize and affect your personal injury claim in a negative way.
Here is how social media posts (selfies, status, shares, uploads) can impact your personal injury claim.
In the majority of personal injury cases, the court will assign and grant access to your social media accounts to the defense lawyers. That means that they will have full access to all of your social media posts and everything you have shared, uploaded, said, or posted since the moment of the accident, and even before that.
If there is something that you have said, even out of context, it may and probably will be used against you.
For example, if you are filing a personal injury claim for constant back pain, and in one of your social media posts, you write: ”I am fine” to people who ask you about your wellbeing, the lawyers may use that statement as evidence that you are actually not in pain and that you are “fine” like you said it.
You have to be very careful about what you say, write or post on social media. Even getting tagged in a video could have negative consequences for your claim and case in general.
Things You Should Avoid
If you are pursuing a personal injury claim, you should (if possible) stay away from your social media account. This includes:
- Uploading Videos or blogs on youtube
It is not wise to pose something that is directly related to your case. If you cannot stop your urge to post on social media sites, refrain from posting the following:
- Conversations you had with your attorney
- Any information regarding your case
- Any information regarding your medical diagnosis or the way you were treated
- Phone or email exchanges with anyone involved in the case
- Frustrations with the adverse party or the insurance company
It may sound irrelevant, but even saying your opinion out loud could result in a denied claim.
Personal Injury Attorney in Philadelphia advises you that the best thing to do is:
- Limit your photos
- Limit your posts
- Limit your check-ins
- If possible, turn off your social media accounts for the duration of the lawsuit/claim
If you need additional legal help, counsel, or representation, attorneys are available and ready to start working on your case and protect your best interests.