Status Update: Just got into a fender bender! Send thoughts and prayers—and a good lawyer!
In today’s tech-savvy world, we tend to share everything—the good, the bad, and especially the ugly. While social media has helped advance our lives in many ways, it can potentially damage your personal injury claim.
“Pics, or It Didn’t Happen!”
Too often we forget how accessible our info becomes once we post it on the internet, so it’s important to keep any damaging photographs, comments, etc., to a minimum. What’s one of the first thing any of us do when we meet somebody new? Check social media for a profile. Insurance companies and attorneys do this, too. This could be through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other social media platform. They will use any damning evidence they can get from your social media to debunk your personal injury claim. For example, you claim to suffer from severe back pains after the accident, but then you post photos of you dancing at a bar with your friends or playing flag football at a park. Insurance companies are out to get any and all evidence that your physical activities are inconsistent with your injuries.
Damaging posts on social media are not limited to disproving physical injuries; insurance companies may try to develop theories about your personal character, which could potentially damage your credibility as a witness in your own case. If you post derogatory comments, photos of illegal activities, or anything potentially damaging, the adjustor or attorney may use those posts to cast you in a negative light.
Be especially careful of posts you make immediately following an accident; insurance companies can use that as evidence of distracted driving against you. Inattention due to phone use or other distractions causes so many wrecks today anyway that you want insurance companies to have zero suspicion of your phone usage during a wreck. If you’re the one behind the wheel, don’t use Facebook Live or Snapchat during your travels—this is dangerous regardless of effect it could have on your personal injury claim.
Check Your Settings
If you ever find yourself in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, try to keep this in mind: limit access and adjust your privacy settings on your social networks, or, consider making your account(s) private until the claims process is finished. And above all, think before you post!
If you have questions about your potential personal injury case, contact a Morris Bart attorney today or fill out our free case evaluation form. We have offices around the Gulf South – visit our locations page to find a Morris Bart office near you!