In this day of age, posting on social media can come with serious consequences. This is especially the case if you are undergoing a personal injury lawsuit and you post about your accident and injuries. Read on to discover why it is important to avoid social media during your proceedings and how one of the Queens personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of George Poulos can offer you helpful advice.
Will posting on social media hurt my personal injury claim?
Essentially, everything pertaining to your social media accounts is readily available to the defense attorney and the insurance company dealing with your claim. They can even manage to assess your deleted posts, personal messages, etc.
The following are some reasons why posting about your accident and injuries may be hurtful:
- If you post to let your loved ones know that you are “okay”: the defense attorney can argue that you are not as badly injured as you expressed in your claim. With this same argument, the insurance company can minimize your payout or deny your claim entirely.
- If you post about you doing certain activities: the defense attorney can argue that you are having a good time when you claimed that you experienced a diminished quality of life after the accident.
- If you post about your accident before the investigation: you can accidentally incriminate yourself or expose confidential information between you and your attorney, and the defense attorney can use this against you.
What social media recommendations should I follow during my personal injury claim?
Follow this comprehensive list of social media tips during your ongoing personal injury lawsuit:
- Do not post about your accident or any injuries: any posts about your accident and/or injuries could provide the defense attorney and/or insurance company with misinformation that they will take as factual.
- Do not post photos, videos, or tags of any location or other people: any signs of fun activities with friends and family could provide the defense attorney and/or insurance company with misinformation that they will take as factual.
- Ask your family or friends to not post about you or with you: the defense attorney and the insurance company are able to bring information from these social media accounts forward, as well.
- Temporarily freeze your accounts: at the very least, you should set your accounts to private and not accept any new followers or friends.
For more recommendations, do not hesitate in contacting George Poulos, Esq. as soon as you possibly can.
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