If you have been involved in an accident, it can be tempting to post about it on social media. But, this seemingly harmless act can be detrimental to your opportunity to recover compensation. Read on to learn more.
When it comes to social media, be sure to:
- Set your accounts to private
- Avoid posting anything
- Ask your friends and family not to post about you
- Their accounts may be scrutinized as well
- Assume private accounts protect you
- Even if you set your accounts to private, an attorney may still be able to access your information.
- Accept any new followers
- A new follower may be an insurance agent or attorney attempting to gain access to your accounts
- Post and delete
- Things posted on the internet are permanent. An attorney may be able to access even deleted information.
How can social media affect a personal injury case?
Posting on your social media can impact you in several negative ways:
- Admission of fault
- If you detail the events of your accident, you may accidentally admit fault, even if you were not to blame.
- Emotionally Unaffected
- An injury affects you emotionally as well as physically. If you post on social media reassuring your friends and family that you are doing well, you are also letting the defense attorney and other party know you are doing well.
- Loss of confidentiality
- The topics you and your attorney discuss remain confidential. If you post about them, you risk giving the other side access to important information that should be kept private.
- Exaggeration of injury
- A defense attorney may attempt to use your social media to try and prove that you have not been severely injured. For example, if you claim to experience neck pain when turning your head, and then you post a photo of yourself driving a car, an attorney could argue that you have exaggerated your pain and it has not actually impacted you and your everyday life.
If you have any questions about posting on social media after a personal injury accident, reach out to our firm. We are here to walk you through the process every step of the way and we will fight to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
CONTACT OUR FIRM
When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.