If you are involved in a personal injury accident, you are likely at home, in bed, attempting to recover. In this case, you probably spend a lot of time scrolling through social media. Many people use social media to keep their friends and family updated on their lives, and in the event of an injury, you may want to use social media to let your friends and family know about the accident and keep them posted on your recovery process. Most people do not realize it, but posting on social media after an accident can seriously harm your personal injury case. Read on to learn more about why you should not post about an injury on social media.
Why Not Post on Social Media?
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to receive compensation. If you file a personal injury claim, there is a good chance that the other party’s insurance company and their attorney may be monitoring your social media to see if you post something that contradicts your claim. They may be able to use your social media posts to argue that your injury is not as severe as you claim.
What Can I Post?
It is important that you do not post anything regarding your accident at all. Ideally, you will avoid posting on social media completely until your claim is settled. Make sure not to post any photos of yourself engaging in activities. For example, if you claim to have injured your knee in a slip & fall accident and then you post a photo going for a walk with friends, the other party may argue that your injury does not actually impact your ability to get around. In the same vein, it is important to notify your friends and family of this so that they do not post any photos of you.
What if I Just go on Private?
On many social media sites and apps, you can set your account to private and limit who can see your content. In the event of a personal injury claim, you should set your social media to private, but this will not completely protect you. Regardless of setting your accounts to private, defense attorneys may still gain access to your information. Additionally, make sure not to accept any new followers unless you know who they are, as this may be an account trying to gain access to your information for the other party.
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