The use of social media has become part of our everyday lives. Millions of people spend time on a daily basis – sometimes an hourly basis – on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts. We share photos, opinions, jokes, and experiences online with our family, friends, and coworkers. Depending on your social media setting, you may also be sharing these things with people you do not even know if your information is available for public viewing. What many people do not realize, however, is that what you post on social media can have a negative impact on a personal injury case, eventually determining any financial compensation you receive.
Social Media Tips for Personal Injury Cases
If you have been injured and have filed a personal injury claim, then the following tips may help your case:
Stop Using Social Media: The ideal solution is to stop posting on all your social media accounts until your case has reached its conclusion. It is okay to look at other accounts, but do not add any of your own content to your page or other pages.
Limit What You Post: If you absolutely have to post and use your accounts, consider what it is your posting and how it may be perceived by a third party, such as an insurance company adjuster, defense attorney, or a jury in a personal injury lawsuit. Can the photo you post be misinterpreted? Also remember – and this is critical – never, ever post any information, photos, comments, etc. that relates in any way to your injury.
Account Settings: Do a security check on all your account settings and make sure you have the highest privacy settings available. Limit the number of friends request or followers you have. Do not accept any requests from people you do not know. Remove yourself from public searches. This can also be done from the security/privacy setting of your account.
Current Account Information: The courts will hold it against you if you destroy any evidence that the other side (i.e. at-fault driver’s insurance company) may request, so deleting your social media accounts could actually hurt your case. Instead, archive your current accounts. The directions to do so are usually found on each individual site.
If you have posted things on your account that may cause issues with your case, make sure to let your Virginia Beach personal injury attorney know immediately so he or she can handle the issue and not be surprised when the other party brings it up.