How social media can impact your personal injury case

Growing up, we’re taught that “sharing” is a good thing. However, with the rise of social media, there are times when sharing, might not be a good choice. Facebook has more than a billion users, and 65% of them use the site daily.

Social media has changed how society communicates and shares the news. Birth announcements that once had to wait for the mail carrier are now shared instantly on social platforms. “Sharing” life events and happenings with friends is a gateway to share with the world. Your social postings could leave you vulnerable in a personal injury case.

If you are involved in a personal injury case, here are a few things to consider before you “share.”

-Post as little or nothing at all about your case
-Don’t share photos of your accident or injury or anything involving your case
-Don’t accept “friend” requests from people you don’t know
-Check your privacy settings to ensure that your information is shared with people you have pre-approved
-Don’t message anyone about your case via social media
-While your case is going on, put a hold on your social media activities

If you’ve been injured, insurance companies and defense attorneys will search the Internet and social media, looking for evidence to prove that you are not as damaged as you claim. Social media often includes the best things in your life to share and may not accurately reflect your suffering from a personal injury claim. Shared items could be misinterpreted that your injuries are not as severe as you claim. Putting personal information online during this time can leave you open to misinterpretation.

If you are involved in a personal injury case, consult with your attorney about social media activities. If you have been injured, contact the Leader Law Firm for a free case evaluation today.