Social media gives everyone a platform to share major events with friends and family, which is usually relatively harmless. However, if you’ve been in a life-altering accident, posting updates and photos of your medical condition and recovery can actually make it harder for your personal injury attorney to collect compensation for your losses. To protect the value of your claim, most lawyers urge their clients to stay off social media entirely until the conclusion of your case.
How Social Media Use Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim
Photos Can Be Used Against You
The level of pain resulting from an injury can ebb and flow, so on a good day you might decide to take your children to a park or take care of some projects around the house. However, posting pictures of these activities on social media can give the insurance company’s attorneys evidence that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
Your Posts Can Be Taken Out of Context
If your posts regarding the accident differ from your official statement in the smallest detail, the insurer may accuse you of fraud. Even unrelated posts about going out with friends or making plans for the future can be taken out of context and used to minimize the value of your claim.
Security Settings Are Not Absolute
You may have your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts set to “private,” but insurance companies are adept at getting around these safeguards. In some cases, they might set up fake accounts or comb through your friends’ accounts looking for content in which you’re tagged. To be safe, your personal injury attorney might suggest asking your friends not to tag you in any posts until you’ve received your settlement.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, you need a personal injury attorney who knows how to protect your rights. Driven by a passion for people, the law firm of Lacy Katzen LLP is dedicated to ensuring victims throughout Rochester, NY, get the effective representation and fair compensation they deserve. Visit their website to see how they can help or call (585) 454-5650 to consult with a skilled personal injury attorney.