Social media has become ingrained in our everyday lives. From Facebook and Twitter to Snapchat and Instagram, there is no shortage of mediums on which to share and communicate. For personal injury victims, however, the content posted on these platforms can have a negative impact on the integrity and value of their claim. Below, an attorney from the Ozman Law Offices in Walden, NY, discusses the potential effects of social media on your case.
What’s Posted Can Be Used Against You
Evidence plays a crucial role in personal injury cases — for plaintiffs and defendants alike. Because social media is a public domain, anything you post can be used against you in a court of law. As such, it’s important to think twice before sharing to ensure you’re not providing the defense with ammunition to discredit your situation. For example, if you claim you have a broken leg but post about participating in an upcoming 5K, the defense will use this information to challenge your injury.
Public statements and comments from friends and family members can ruin your chances of receiving fair and adequate compensation for your injuries. While your loved ones likely have the best intentions, their comments regarding your injuries or potential compensation may discredit favorable evidence and paint you in a negative light.
The Value of Going Dark
No social media post is worth compromising your personal injury claim. As such, it’s not uncommon for attorneys to suggest clients “go dark” throughout the proceedings to avoid any slip-ups. That means refraining from posting about your accident, recovery, meetings with your attorney, and negotiations with the insurance company. In fact, it’s best if you don’t post at all. Ask family and friends to avoid commenting on your situation as well — especially using photos, updates, and video content specific to your injuries and case proceedings.
If you need a seasoned attorney in Walden, NY, turn to the Ozman Law Offices. Focusing on a wide variety of personal injury cases, including slip and falls, dog bites, and car accident claims, they provide their clients with the personalized, compassionate, and aggressive representation they need to obtain the compensation they rightfully deserve. Free consultations are available: Contact the firm online or call (845) 778-7777 to schedule an appointment.