How Social Media Can Destroy Your Accident Claim
People these days bare their souls on social media without much of a thought for what others will see or interpret. Well, don't underestimate the insurance company in your case. Believe me, they have or will access your FaceBook and Twitter accounts to see exactly what you are doing. Beware.
Insurance Companies Monitor Your Social Media AccountsIf you have experienced an accident and pursue a claim, I cannot guarantee I will win your case, but I CAN guarantee the insurance company has looked you up on Google and have seen all your social media accounts. Go ahead and Google yourself. See how your social media comes up first in the search? Well, this is a goldmine of information for the insurance company to destroy your claim.
What Does Social Media Have To Do With My Accident Case?For some reason, people often post photos and descriptions of what happened in their accident. They write about how it happened, where it occurred, how badly they were hurt and occasionally that they will make the other party pay. Yes, all of this online information is available to the insurance company. And I assure you they will not view it through a real-world lens of compassion. They will pick out every single detail you post to show every bad fact for your case. They will observe you were able to get out of your car, get home, and had the mental acuity and energy to upload photos to the internet. You felt good enough to tweet about your accident...how badly injured could you be? No matter that you might be on strong pain killing narcotics that enable you to do this without feeling much or any pain. I promise you that what you post online will be found and used to defeat your claim no matter how misleading or out of context it might be. I make my clients sign an agreement that they will remove anything they have posted thus far and STOP posting things on social media completely during their case. Is this a violation of your privacy that the insurance companies do this? ABSOLUTELY- except that you have willingly shared the information with cyberspace and it will be there forever. And not only that, but if you don't have your privacy settings properly established, they can see your FRIENDS' and Family's photos. Imagine a photo posted of you water skiing a month after your accident. Even though the photo may have been taken the prior summer, there it is for the insurance company to see and misinterpret gleefully to destroy your case a month after the accident.