Social media is part of all of our lives in some way shape or form. It is how we share and receive information about ourselves and those around us. For that reason, it can be very tempting to post about large life events on our social media accounts. In the event of an accident, you may want to keep your friends and family updated about your condition, but it is important that you avoid social media for the duration of your personal injury case. Read on to learn more about the consequences that can come from using social media after a personal injury accident. Below are 4 questions you may have:
- Why can’t I use social media?
- As soon as you file a personal injury claim, insurance agents and defense attorneys may begin to monitor your social media accounts. Consequently, you need to be extremely careful about what you post, how often you post, what you say, and so on.
- What could go wrong?
- There are a lot of things that can go wrong in a situation like this. For example, you may accidentally admit fault. Even the slightest misphrase can change the trajectory of the case. Additionally, you may make others question your credibility. This could occur if you claim to be severely injured, but then post photos of yourself engaging in activities. Even if the activity seems benign, posting about them can undermine your claims.
- What if my account is on private?
- You should set your social media accounts to private, but this is not foolproof. Even if your account is private, a defense attorney may be able to access your content, including deleted posts and even private messages. Once you set your account to private, you should make sure you don’t accept any new followers until the case is resolved. A new follower may be a member of the defense attempting to access your information.
- So what should I do?
- You should refrain from posting on social media at all, but if you do continue to post, under no circumstances should you discuss your accident or injuries. Additionally, you should warn your friends and family to avoid posting and tagging any photos of you.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Contact us today to discuss your case.
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