Could My Social Media Accounts Affect My Personal Injury Case?

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 12:00pm by
Avoid social media mistakes during your personal injury case

Most people have made social media mistakes at some point or another in their lives. Perhaps they posted an embarrassing photo or unintentionally shared something private. These are the types of mistakes that might cost you friends or hurt your professional reputation. You could also make social media mistakes if you have filed a personal injury case.

What you share or what others share about you could affect your ability to recover compensation. Attorneys working for the defense and insurance adjusters have every reason to discredit your injury claim. They could use your social media posts in an attempt to hurt the validity of your case.

If you want to avoid making mistakes on social media during your case, then you should consider utilizing the following tips.

  1. Consider leaving social media: You should consider dropping off social media while your personal injury case is being handled by your attorney. Whatever you share may be seen by the defense at some point or another. It would be an especially bad idea to discuss your case online.
  2. Maximize the privacy settings: You could maximize the privacy settings for your social media account. Many social media sites allow you to modify who you share content with or how you show up on Google results. You should be aware that even with the optimal privacy settings, your posts may still be recoverable.
  3. Limit shared content about yourself: Social media sites like Facebook allow others to tag you in posts or photos. You may want to consider turning off these features on all social media accounts while your case is active.
  4. Consult with your attorney: Your attorney is there to help you avoid social media mistakes that could harm your case. There are several legal mistakes you could make with your social media account, such as deleting content that has become evidence in a lawsuit.

What could happen if you were to make a social media mistake? At worst, you would be kept from recovering compensation for your injuries or loss. There are also sanctions you could face in court for failing to preserve social media evidence.

The attorneys at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. have decades of combined experience with personal injury claims. If you want to discuss filing a personal injury claim, it costs nothing to speak with one of our attorneys.



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