By 2019, more than 2.77 billion people across the globe are projected to have social media accounts. As the number of social media users increases, so does the chance of an individual posting something online that they do not want the rest of the world to see.
Whether you are suing the person who caused your accident or you are trying to receive workers' comp, your social media profile could impact your ability to recoup your losses. After all, these parties are typically looking for any reason to deny your claims.
Facebook, one of the most popular social media websites, is also one of the social media platforms that is most widely scoured by employers and lawyers. This is likely because it includes both pictures and statements posted under your real name. Twitter and Instagram are also likely to be looked at by employers and lawyers.
Think your social media profile is safe from discovery? Read on to learn more about how to use social media during your personal injury case.
Do Limit Your Online Postings
What you post online could come back to bite you in a personal injury case. For instance, if you are unable to return to work because your doctor recommended that you not engage in physical activity, it would hinder your case to then post a photo of you riding your bicycle in the hills.
Even if you are legitimately injured and biking is healthy exercise that does not harm you, your case has been damaged. The other party will misrepresent and misinterpret your photos.
In fact, you should not post any details about your injuries or accident at all. Do not discuss your recovery, and don't let anybody else post on your behalf. Keep photos and videos related to your accident off the web.
If you are suing the other party for emotional distress, even the most insignificant photos and comments may be used against you in the courtroom. If you plan to sue because of depression or isolation, think twice about posting anything related to parties and outings with friends until after your lawsuit is over.
Do Not Post About Work
Never post anything about the job you left, your search for another job, or current side jobs you are working. Anything you post on the web is going to be evidence to cut down your credibility in court. Everything becomes fair game when you make a personal injury claim.
In the same vein, ensure that you do not have any posts up about how much you dislike your job. This could be construed as you looking for any reason to end your employment.
Do Not Trust That What You Post Will Remain Private
Privacy does not exist on the web. While you should have the strictest privacy settings possible on your profile, you should consider the fact that anybody could be looking at your profile at any time. One comment can be the difference between winning and losing your case.
You have no promise of privacy on social media websites, so photos, comments, and conversations are fair game for courtroom evidence. While some states are still determining the rules for social media profiles as evidence, nothing you post online is currently protected.
Do Not Interact With People You Don't Know
If a random social media user asks you about your injury or discusses any part of your case, ignore the comment and discuss it with your attorney. This individual may be a lawyer or party related to the organization you are making a claim against. Even private messages between you and this person are usable in court.
Do Call a Personal Injury Attorney Today
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