We need to face the fact that the internet is here to stay and with the emergence of the internet, social media sites have popped up everywhere. For those who participate in social media sites, they have to be very cafeful about sharing information about accidents or slip and falls.
Some people who participate on social media sites may be inclined to share information after an unusual event happens to them, such as an accident, a dog bite attack or a slip and fall. Such act would not be advisable. Why?
During the past decade and with the infusion of the internet into our daily lives, insurance companies have taken to the web in search of information on personal injury victims. They simply type the victim's name into any search engine, such as Google or Yahoo, and if the victim has a blog, is on Facebook or Twitter, the adjuster from the insurance company may be able to read the victim's posts, depending on his or her privacy settings.
So, if you are injured as a result of an accident, an animal attack (such as a dog bite), or injured in a slip and fall, do not talk about the incident or discuss your injuries online. Additionally, you should not post any pictures or video about the scene of the accident, the place you slipped and fell, or about your injuries.
Also, be aware that any blog, picture or video you post online, regardless of whether the blog post, picture or video talks about the incident or your injuries, can be used by the other side to attack your injuries. As an example, if you are injured in an accident and claim injuries to her neck and back, you should “not” be posting any information, pictures or videos showing you jet-skiing, snow-boarding or running a marathon. So, any information about your activities, regardless of how innocent they may be, “can and will be used against you.”