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Legal Impact of Social Media: 5 Sneaky Ways It Can Undermine Your Injury Claim

Posted by attorney Vincent Pravato

Keep in mind the legal impact social media may have on your injury claim. Read on to find out how risky behaviors like posting photos or making comments can undermine the basis of your claim. Your lawyer might advise you to abstain from using your social media accounts until the conclusion of the case. If you do decide to use your accounts, keep in mind the potential pitfalls.

Sneaky Ways Social Media May Impact Your Case

While involved in an injury case, it is generally best to stay away from social media altogether.

The legal impact of social media when pursing a claim include the following factors:

  • Photos – Photos are a big injury claim risk. Photos you post of yourself could potentially undermine your claim by seemingly refuting your status as injured. If you are as injured as you claim to be, insurance adjusters may argue you shouldn’t be spending a night on the town. The date and time you post a photo can be easily discovered, and insurance adjusters can use this information to determine if the photo was taken before or after the injury.
  • Information about the case – Refrain from discussing the injury case on social media, even with your friends and family. Anything you tell your friends and family and other followers could be used against you, even if you are just sharing your opinion. Don’t discuss the case without first considering the legal impact of the content you’re sharing on social media.
  • Comments or status updates about your condition – After a car accident, you never want to tell the other party or the insurance company that you are “fine" or “okay." Similarly, don’t post those comments to your social media account. While these are common responses when a person asks how another person is doing, these simple words carry injury claim risks. The other party can claim that you are lying about your condition if you post for the world to see that you’re doing okay, even if it’s meant to reassure friends and family.
  • Comments from others about the injury case – Just because you didn’t post a comment about your injury case does not mean someone else won’t. Make sure your friends and family know not to post anything about the case online. Google yourself often to ensure nobody is making such comments on things you might not think to track, like personal blogs or tumblr accounts.
  • Privacy settings – Keep your account private, but no matter how strict your account settings, don’t post anything you wouldn’t want the insurance adjuster to see. Post as if he or she is going to be reading it. Don’t rely on privacy settings, as there may be ways to view your account even without your permission.

Finding Legal Help

Although some people might feel they cannot live without updating their Facebook, Twitter, or other social media account, the legal impact of social media can carry many injury claim risks. Even the slightest comment can ruin your case and leave you with a reduced settlement or no settlement at all.

Don’t let Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other platforms ruin your chances for compensation. Contact a personal injury attorney from Wolf & Pravato in Fort Lauderdale at (954) 522-5800 to discuss the possible legal impact of social media.

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