You are the type to post everything – right down to your thoughts. You share photographs of the latest things you buy and when you hurt yourself, and you are compelled to do the same after a car accident. Unfortunately, your compulsion to share could hurt your case. When you are involved in a personal injury case, the last thing you should do is share anything on social media. In fact, doing so could result in a lesser settlement or no settlement – because you are just giving the defense ammo to shoot holes into your case.
Social Media Can Harm Damage Calculations
In a personal injury lawsuit, you request damages. These are based on the amount of financial losses that you have experienced, and will experience, as part of your injury. These can include things like medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. When you sue for damages, the defense will look for opportunities to lessen your real pain and suffering. For example, they will seek out photographs of you smiling and going out on social media, then use that information to show that you weren’t in as much “pain” as you claimed.
Your online photo albums can also be used against you. And, if you are tagged in someone else’s video or photo, the defense will use that as an opportunity to prove that your injuries are not as severe or debilitating as you claim.
Status Updates Harm, Too
While you may be tempted to share every detail of your claim online, try to avoid it. A comment about what you plan to do with your settlement could actually backfire – especially if you signed any type of confidentiality agreement.
Remain circumspect online during and after your case. You do not need to broadcast the details of your claim to everyone. While you can express yourself, you need to be careful about what you say. Never admit to anything or share private details about the case. Keep in mind that while your claim is still ongoing, everything you say (even online) can and will be used by the defense to lessen your settlement.
Tips for Staying Safe
If you are an avid social media user, here are a few things that you will need to do while going through the claims process:
- Make sure that only those who you are friends with can see what you post – this means changing privacy settings.
- Do not post anything related to the personal injury lawsuit.
- Do not discuss settlement details on your social media accounts.
- Verify that all of the friends you have on your account are still active, and remove people with whom you do not interact daily.
- Do not allow anyone to tag you in photos or videos.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer for More Tips
If you have been seriously injured and you feel that you have a case for damages, schedule an appointment with a personal injury attorney right away. An attorney will not only advocate for your right to compensation, but ensure that you conduct yourself properly – even online. For your injuries, schedule a consultation with attorney Clarke Nash at 912-200-5292, or request a consultation online.