What You Need to Know About Social Media & Your Personal Injury Case
"Sharing" on social media is commonplace in our everyday lives. However, if you are involved in a personal injury claim, what you "share" could put you at risk.
How Social Media Can Impact Your Personal Injury ClaimIt's important to know that if you publicly post about your accident or injury, everything you do and say becomes discoverable to the other side. For example, if you are claiming a back injury and your recent social media posts show you being active and out having fun with friends, it could have an adverse effect on your case. Even if you have strict privacy settings, your social media information could potentially be used against you.
Your current and possible future employers can access your online profiles. Colleges will look at the social media profiles of potential students. Don't post anything that may reflect negatively on your reputation. Defense attorneys and insurance companies routinely check social media profiles for information about plaintiffs. Keep that in mind if you are involved in a personal injury claim.
Be Careful About What You Post OnlineIf you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, assume that anything you publish, post, write or share can be seen by opposing counsel. Your "shares" could be taken out of context and used against you.
While involved in a personal injury lawsuit, consider deactivating all your social profiles. At the very least, make sure your privacy settings are as high as possible, accessible only by your "friends." Don't accept friend requests from people that you don't know. It's a good idea to check your privacy settings on all social media on a regular basis.
Social media has brought a lot of good things to the world, but it has a downside. Use good judgment in what you "share" because you share it with the world.