There are a number of reasons why you should refrain from posting on social media in the midst of a personal injury claim. To learn more, continue reading and give our skilled New York City personal injury attorney a call.
Why should you not use social media after sustaining an injury in an accident in New York?
As you can imagine and witness first-hand, social media plays a large role in most people’s everyday lives. There is a high chance that you have at least one social media account if you are someone with a smartphone. These accounts can include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok and others of differing degrees of popularity and influence. Even though these apps are all great means of communicating with one another, our firm would be remiss if we did not advise you that once you have filed a personal injury claim, it is highly likely that the insurance company of the negligent party will monitor your social media accounts to see if you post anything that may negate your claim.
How could using social media damage your personal injury claim?
For example, if in your claim you state that you broke your leg and are unable to walk, but post a picture of you playing a sport with your friends, the negligent party’s insurance company will likely use this image to dispute your claim, “proving” that you do not truly require financial compensation in order to recover from your injuries. Relying on the circumstances, the negligent party’s insurance company may even take detailed pictures out of context in an effort to deny you the compensation you need. With all that in mind, it would be in your best interest to merely stay off of social media until your case has been settled.
What other actions should you take during a personal injury claim?
In addition to refraining from social media, you should also make sure that you receive medical attention in a timely fashion and tell your personal injury attorney the whole truth. If you do not obtain medical attention as soon as possible, critical evidence, establishing the severity of the injuries you sustained, might be lost. Also, failing to do so might lead the negligent party’s insurance company to claim that you did not seek medical attention and, thus, your injuries are nonexistent or ineligible for compensation. Also, being fully honest with your attorney will help them prepare for the most likely strategies the defendant will operate and create counterstrategies. Do not wait to give us a call if you would like to get started.
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