Social media has become a fundamental part of modern life. According to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, over 60% of adults use some form of social media. Networking sites provide a space for people to share their experiences, post photos, and catch up with old friends. So what does this have to do with a personal injury case? More than you think.
When someone is pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, it’s usually because they’ve suffered a injury, such as a broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, or chronic pain. These individuals deserve compensation for their medical expenses and their pain and suffering. And while it’s understandable that some may turn to social media when they’ve experienced a major life event, like an accident or injury, it’s important to know the consequences. Anything you post to social media could be used against you during your personal injury case. In order to avoid this, you’ve got to be careful and smart about what you choose to share. Your post may seem harmless, but it could be detrimental to your case.
Evidence is the key to any lawsuit and nothing provides more than social media. Insurance companies will comb through your social media channels to find ways to prove that your injuries are not as severe as you claim. When you’re seeking compensation for a personal injury, it’s the job of the defense to discredit you and minimize your injuries.
For example, if you were in a car accident and are seeking compensation for limited mobility and chronic pain, a Facebook post of you with your friends on a hike would undoubtedly sink your claim. The best and simplest way to avoid this mistake is to avoid posting completely. Also, be sure to tell those close to you, including family and friends, not to post anything about you or your situation. Taking a break from social media may seem next to impossible, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Which Social Media Sites Pose the Most Risk
Facebook – With over 1 billion users around the world, Facebook is, without question, the most popular social networking site. Insurance companies and defense lawyers know this is the first place you might go to to share details of your accident.
Twitter – In the last two years Twitter has added 31 million active users. So not only is it extremely popular, but it’s also such an easy way to share thoughts that it’s almost mindless. One ill advised tweet about how you plan to spend your settlement money, and you’re toast.
Instagram – Instagram has been the fastest growing social channel for several years. A while back it may not have been on an insurance company’s radar, but it is now. Sharing that picture of your dog may seem innocent enough, but it can definitely lead to unnecessary complications.
If you’ve been involved in an accident and have questions about how to proceed, please contact us at The Cochran Firm. Our team of dedicated attorneys are fully committed to getting you the compensation you deserve.