From Facebook and Instagram to Twitter and Tik Tok, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. Billions of people all over the world use different platforms to share their personal lives, stay in touch with friends and family, and even keep up with the news and current events.
However, if you are involved in a personal injury case, your social media activity could be used against you. Insurers and private investigators can thoroughly examine your social media profiles in order to find any information that can discredit your claim or injury. No matter how private or secure your accounts are, investigators may attempt to gain access of your information through your followers or friends.
The following are several tips you must follow to protect your ability to recover compensation from a personal injury lawsuit:
- Avoid posting any information related to your personal injury case – Many people like to vent about any inconveniences or even traumatic situations in their lives, including accidents. But it is wise to not share anything about a pending case online (e.g., description of the accident, identities of the parties involved, as well as pictures and videos of the accident). Not only can the defense use any information against you, but they could also develop a better legal strategy, depending on what you have shared.
- Stay off social media until your case is resolved – In fact, it is best to step away from social media altogether. Even a seemingly innocent post can be misconstrued. For example, if you post a photo or video of you enjoying yourself on vacation with your family, the other party could take these posts out of context and claim you were lying about the injury or being in pain.
- Ask your friends and family not to post about you – While you may no longer be active on social media, your loved ones will still be. Your friends or family may post or tag you in a photo or video that insurance companies can access. As we mentioned before, your friends’ or followers’ profiles may not be as private as yours, so ask them to stop posting anything about you.
The only person you should share any details about the accident with is your attorney. At Block LLP, our legal team has your best interests in mind and we will do whatever it takes to recover your entitled compensation, while you focus on making the best possible recovery from injury.