How Posting on Social Media Can Affect Your Personal Injury Case
Social media allows you to share your personal life with the world, but just because you can doesn’t always mean you should. What you post online lives there forever, even if you delete it a few seconds later. If you have a personal injury case on your hands, the last thing you want to do is go blabbing about it on social media. Why? Because it can be used against you.
If you’re pursuing a personal injury case, it’s because you have suffered injuries and are seeking damages to pay for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages and more. In order to substantiate these damages, you must call upon medical specialists and witnesses who can testify to your injuries. The defense’s job is to try and prove that your injuries aren’t as severe as you claim.
That’s where social media comes in. Say you’ve been in an accident and post a picture of you surfing the next day. The insurance adjuster and their legal team are going to begin snooping around all of your social media for evidence that can make it seem as if your injuries are not as you claim—including that picture of you surfing. It can even be as simple as a tweet saying “Going to skateboard today.” If you’re injured, you probably shouldn’t be doing any extreme activities, especially so soon after the accident. Again, this can be used against you.
The best thing you can do is not post anything on social media until your claim is finished. If you feel the need to still post, be careful to not talk about your case. In addition, set your profile to private, don’t add any new friends, do not post photos or videos of yourself, and tell your friends and family to not post anything about you or your case on their social media accounts.
If you have any questions about how posting on social media can affect your personal injury case, contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Mardirossian & Associates, Inc. today.Call (323) 648-3478 or contact us online for a free consultation.