Be Very Careful What You Post Because it May Come Back and Hurt You
Who is Looking?
If you belong to a public social networking account such as FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, Google Buzz, etc., I STRONGLY recommend that you close it until your claim has been resolved.
If you cannot do so, please take caution as whatever you write or post, or have written or posted, will fall into the hands of the insurance company. It is now standard practice for insurance companies to obtain this information and it is usually obtained without your knowledge or permission. If you have such a site, you should immediately verify that all your settings are on PRIVATE (the highest setting possible) and nothing is public. Frankly, even with the highest privacy settings, your should either write or post items with knowledge that it is open to the public or you should take down your social network site at least until your claim has been resolved.
What? Not Me?
We have seen an increase in electronic surveillance of these accounts and sites by the insurance companies, investigators, and defense attorneys for purposes of embarrassing and humiliating claimants, and claiming that your injury was exaggerated or even caused by anything other than the incident related to your claim. Insurance companies have successfully used such information; even those considered innocent, harmless joking between private "Friends," to convince a judge and juries that plaintiffs have been dishonest. Please always be aware of what you say or post, including photographs, in any format on your computer or internet. Also, be aware that the insurance companies may be entitled to request all information contained within your home computers and laptop hard drives regarding the issues we discussed above -- so please adhere to our advice.
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Do you have other questions concerning how Social Media or your legal rights following an injury? Please feel free to contact Mark Hefter (512) 478-0606
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