Can my Social Media Accounts Affect my Personal Injury Claim?
Insurance companies are routinely checking the internet, especially social media sites, for information regarding injured claimants, to help the companies justify low offers. Here are some helpful tips to help ensure your post does not jeopardize your case.
Do Not Post about the AccidentIt's easy to want to share information regarding your accident and injuries to your friends and family through social media, but one post could jeopardize your case. For example, if your injuries are preventing you from your normal activities and you are seeking to be compensated as a result, you will have a tough burden to overcome if opposing counsel can find evidence to suggest you are still engaging in these activities, by viewing photographs or posts on your social media accounts.
Do Check your Privacy SettingsMany times we think our accounts are private, when in fact they are not. Facebook is constantly changing account settings and the privacy settings can change without us knowing. Therefore, a post you might think is limited to your "friends" might actually be shared to a wider audience if you haven't reviewed and/or updated your privacy settings recently.
Do Not Post anything about conversations with your AttorneyNothing. Ever. The attorney-client privilege prevents attorneys from revealing confidential communications with their clients. However, clients can waive this confidentiality by revealing communications to third parties. Once you disclose the content of your conversations with your attorney online, the confidentiality can be greatly compromised, if not waived entirely.