Social media has become a fundamental part of life. According to a recent study, over 60% of adults use some form of social media. Networking sites provide a space for people to share their experiences, post photos, and catch up with old friends. So what does this have to do with a personal injury case? More than you think.
When someone is pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, it’s usually because they’ve suffered an injury, such as broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, or chronic pain. These individuals deserve compensation for their medical expenses and their pain and suffering. And while it’s understandable that some may turn to social media when they’ve experienced a major life event, like an auto collision or injury, it’s important to know the consequences. Anything you post to social media could be used against you during your personal injury case. In order to avoid this, you’ve got to be careful and smart about what you choose to share. Your post may seem harmless, but it could be detrimental to your case.
Evidence is the key to any lawsuit and nothing provides more than social media. Insurance companies will comb through your social media sites to find ways to prove that your injuries are not as severe as you claim. When you’re seeking compensation for a personal injury, it’s the job of the insurance company to discredit you and minimize your injuries.
For example, if you were in an auto collision and are seeking compensation for limited mobility and chronic pain, a Facebook post of you playing softball with your friends would undoubtedly sink your claim. The best and simplest way to avoid this mistake is to avoid posting completely. Also, be sure to tell those close to you, including family and friends, not to post anything about you or your situation. Taking a break from social media may seem next to impossible, but it will be worth it in the long run.
If you've been injured in an auto collision and have questions about your injury claim, give us a call at 253.858.5434 to see how we can help.