Can Social Media Weaken My Personal Injury Claim?
Social media has become so much a part of our lives. We use it to show everything from eating at a restaurant, doing a home project, or activities we’re participating in. In a Personal Injury Claim, social media can also be harmful. Social media posts can be used against you to weaken the credibility of your case, which directly affects the amount of money you receive.
Some things to think about when using Social Media:
1. Opposing counsel may find your posted picture while at a bar or an event shortly after the accident. This could demonstrate that you’re not suffering the emotional distress or trauma that you claim.
2. In a claim where you’re suing for loss of wages, if a defense attorney finds a home project that you shared on social media after an accident, this could provide evidence that your activity level is not as limited as you say it is.
3. Don’t post pictures of you participating in strenuous activities. This could help defense counsel to argue about the extent of damages that you have suffered due to your injury.
4. Limit your social media usage and take precautions while posting any status, picture or even commenting on a post.
5. Refrain from posting pictures which can weaken your argument, or perhaps don’t post any pictures at all until your case reaches the completion.
6. In car related accident claims, social media posts that imply that you are drunk or consuming alcohol could damage your case. Opposing counsel could use this to establish that this could have played a role in the accident. Conversely, your lawyer may also benefit from social media, finding that the defendant was driving under influence, which could strengthen your personal injury claim.
If you have questions about a personal injury claim, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. They can properly advise you on what to do (and what not to do), and get you the money you deserve!
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