Happy group of finger smileys communicate with each other | social media can ruin your personal injury claim

Social media offers platforms for sharing all the special events in your life- everything from your vacation to the Grand Canyon to that cute kitten you just adopted can make great material for a post or tweet.  However, if you have been injured in an accident, there are plenty of reasons to temper your enthusiasm for sharing every single detail of your day.

Everything posted to social media is considered public, so if you have been injured and are involved in litigation, anything you post can be seen and used against you by the defense. It only takes one seemingly harmless status update to wreck your personal injury claim.

Just in case you’re unsure of what is okay to post and what isn’t, we’ve put the following tips together for you:

  1. Don’t Post Any Details About Your Case. Regardless of what type of content you plan on posting, it’s always prudent to set your social media accounts to private so you have a little more control over who sees your stuff. But, when you’re involved in a personal injury case, it’s imperative that you don’t post anything about doctor’s appointments, meetings, or any contact with your insurance company.
  2. Never Broadcast Updates About Your Physical Condition. This one can be really hard not to do. Imagine you get important news about your condition from your doctor- good or bad- and all you want to do is share it with your friends and family. Any information about your treatments or general condition can be taken out of context or misconstrued and used to diminish your potential settlement.
  3. Don’t Post Anything Relating to Physical Activities. Even if you’re feeling better one day and decide to get out for some fresh air, how will it look if you’re posting pictures of you out on a hike with friends when you’re supposed to be injured? Refrain from posting any information about physical activities or vacation plans. It’s also wise during litigation, to not post old vacation pictures, since the defense may try to take things out of context in an attempt to make you look bad.
  4. Play it Safe and Just Don’t Post Anything. If you’re ever in doubt about posting that update, it probably means you shouldn’t. Laying low for a while on social media is the best way to err on the safe side- you can’t incriminate yourself if you don’t say anything.
  5. Caution Friends and Family to Exercise Discretion as Well. It’s not just your posts that can get you into trouble. The updates of friends and family members can be incriminating too, if they tag you in their posts. Let them know that you need to protect your case, and they can help by not tagging you until you give them the all clear.

Contact Our Denver Car Accident Lawyers

Contact Our Law FirmIf you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, it is important to understand how the actions you take after your accident could have a direct impact on your ability to collect the compensation you deserve. Call Denver attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.

 

 

 

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