5 Common Personal-Injury Case Social Media Blunders

When you’ve been injured in an accident, consulting a personal injury law firm in Marysville makes sense. An experienced attorney can help you protect your rights and receive the compensation you deserve for your losses, suffering, and pain stemming from your injury. However, when you decide to file a personal injury claim, you should know that the other party’s insurance company and/or attorney will search on the web to get as much information about you as possible. More specifically, they will be looking for things they can use to minimize your injuries or discredit your claim entirely.

Generally speaking, the most damaging information about a person filing a personal injury claim is found on his or her social media accounts. This isn’t surprising; when you’re on a social media account, you’re likely to share private details about your life without considering how this information could be used against you in a court case. To help protect your case, avoid the five common mistakes many personal injury claimant have made below.

Deciding Posts are Private

Even if your accounts are set to private, there’s no guaranteeing something posted there won’t appear to the public even if you meant it to be private. All the major social media sites have had issues with privacy settings in the past, and you could even accidentally make something public that you meant to post in private. Always assume everyone can see your posts, including the people working on behalf of the defendants in your case.

Talking About Your Case or Accident

Any discussions you want to have about your case or accident should be done in private and never on your social media accounts. Anything you say there could be used against you later, even if it seemed harmless at the time you posted it or if you feel it’s common knowledge. On top of that, there’s always a chance that anyone you shared the information with could be called as a witness or asked to give a statement in connection with your case.

Letting Friends Post About You

Tell your friends, family and other followers in person not to include you in their social media posts. Even if you don’t make a post, you can still be affected by it if you’re connected to it. If you find that a family member or friend can’t seem to follow this request, you will have to remove him or her from your accounts during the case.

Not Checking Your Web Past

Search through old information about you on the web. Essentially, you need to do an online search of yourself to see what information the public can access. Since the defendants can access whatever you find, it’s important you disclose the results to your personal injury law firm in Marysville so they can consider them when they are developing your case strategy. Even something you feel is unrelated to your case or harmless could be used in a way you never anticipated, so be sure you tell your attorney about everything you found.

Accepting New Followers

Never accept friend or follower requests from people you don’t know while your case is active. People working for the defendant may create a fake profile so they can access posts on your accounts that they wouldn’t be able to see otherwise. If you’re not completely certain where a follow or friend request is coming from, decline and/or block that person.

In the end, seriously consider deactivating all of your social media accounts while your case makes its way through the legal system. It may be tough to do, but you have to remember that even an innocent post could cost you. If, for example, your injury involves damage to your leg and you post a fake photo of yourself doing something involving that leg that invalidates your injury, you’ve now created an issue for your attorney to tackle that would not have existed otherwise. It’s all too easy to make thoughtless posts on social media that will haunt your case like a ghost down the road, so the best decision may be to not post on those accounts at all until your case is resolved.

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