Social media has changed our lives and our interactions with each other over the past two decades. So many of us use social media to connect with friends and family or post updates about our lives. However, social media can pose various legal challenges regarding personal injury claims. If you have a pending lawsuit, you should be cautious when posting on any social media platform, as it can negatively impact your case. Mentioning specifics of your case or revealing too many personal details could significantly harm your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries. Let’s go over how social media can affect your personal injury claim.
Check Your Privacy Settings
After you begin the claim process, you should attempt to limit the number of people who can access your social media accounts and the content you upload. Most social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, allow you to change your settings from “public” to “private”. Doing so can protect you from the defendant and their lawyers accessing your information. However, nothing you post is ever truly private, so limiting your posting on all platforms is best.
Social Media can Hurt Your Credibility
It is important to remember that anything you post can be used against you. For instance, the defending party could argue that if you are feeling well enough to post about going to a party, you may not deserve a certain recovery amount for emotional distress. Or, if you post a video of yourself dancing, your opponent can use this to prove your injuries are not as bad as you claim.
Be Wary of “Friend” Requests
After your accident, don’t accept new friend requests from people you do not recognize. It could possibly be an insurance adjuster trying to access your information. It would be best to tell friends and family not to post any pictures of you. Let them know that you are in the middle of a legal battle and that anything they share could hurt your claim.
Let Your Lawyer do the Talking
Instead of posting about your personal injury claim on social media, you should talk to a lawyer about building a solid case. Your lawyer will use their skills, services, and expertise in pursuing your claim. They will also tell your story in the safest way possible to protect your identity and get you the compensation you deserve. We here at Snyder Law Group have years of experience handling all types of personal injury claims. Reach out today to get started.
Contact The Snyder Law Group Today
The Snyder Law Group, LLC, proudly represents clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our experienced Baltimore attorneys understand the frustration that comes with an insurance company, medical professional, or other party that refuses to accept liability for negligent or reckless behavior. You can take heart in knowing there are talented and experienced lawyers ready to work for you. We are experienced in handling personal injury claims of medical malpractice or injury resulting from serious car and truck accidents, and have secured hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements. Please visit our website, www.410thefirm.com, or call us at 410-843-3476, for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.