Attention – Avoid Social Media After Suffering an Injury: Here’s Why
Social media is all the rage, as evidenced by the billions of humans that currently use it. Some use it as a distraction, and others, a way to keep in touch with friends and family. Social media can be a double-edged sword; for all the entertainment it provides, as well as the connection it fosters between individuals, it can also be the thing that torpedoes your personal injury claim. It is vital that you use your social media accounts in a responsible manner shortly after an accident so you can preserve the integrity of your personal injury claim. We always say: when in doubt, do not post. This is something that is hard to do as humans are by default social animals: however, it is important to keep the bigger picture in mind, and this is the pending personal injury lawsuit or negotiations that are just around the corner.
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Social media can undoubtedly hurt your injury claim, in the following ways:
- It can be used by the insurance company to show that you were not as injured as you say you were as evidenced by your active lifestyle post-accident
- It can also be used to show that you have a history of carelessness and inattention, which may have led to your accident
- Social media can also be used to prove that there very well could have been an intervening cause for your suffering your injuries, which is an event that occurred right after the event that you claim caused your injuries, the former of which could be used to prove that your injuries were from a different incident, making the defendant not liable for your injuries.
Here are some of the social media precautions you must take after your injury:
- Do NOT accept any new friend requests after your injury
- Take your profile private and away from prying eyes
- Do NOT post any details of the accident, eliciting sympathy
- Do NOT post any photos, video or news articles and content of the accident
- Do NOT post anything about the lawsuit or insurance claim
- Ask your friends to NOT tag you in anything
- Resist the urge to delete anything before speaking with us
- Don’t post anything that alludes to your mental or physical wellbeing
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With social media, less is more when dealing with a personal injury claim. If you can, simply be a passive observer for up to a year after your injury, since this will not give the insurance company any ammunition with which to shoot down your injury claim. Need to speak with an experienced injury attorney? Call us NOW at (773) 900-5566 to learn more. Thanks, and we look forward to helping you.