From posting updates and sharing photos/videos about everyday life to chatting with friends and loved ones, many people now have a social media account, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Although social media has made us more connected than ever, oversharing can have a negative impact on a personal injury claim.
The truth is insurance companies often hire private investigators to watch your behavior – even so far as to keep tabs on your social media activity. Furthermore, since you are a party in a pending case, any statements related to the accident can be used against you in court.
The following are several ways social media can harm your personal injury claim:
You may contradict your claims – If you frequently post status updates to your friends and followers, you may end up saying something that contradicts your own testimony. For example, if you wish to recover damages for pain and suffering and you post how much you are enjoying life or something to that effect, such a statement can hurt your chances of maximizing your compensation.
You may show what you can still physically do – For instance, if you claim to have suffered a broken leg that severely limits your mobility and you post a picture of you enjoying the beach with your family on vacation, the other party can use this as evidence against you and may ultimately lead to losing most or all your entitled compensation.
You may discuss the details of the case – Many people use their social media accounts to vent their frustrations about life. But talking about the developments of your case, or even disparaging the other party or the insurance company in your case can be used against you in court.
So, if you are involved in a current personal injury claim, it wise to avoid sharing anything until the case is resolved. Even if your profile setting is on private, much of the information you post online can still be easily obtained.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in Plan or Fort Worth, TX, contact Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today at 888-4-ZEN-LAW
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