Whether your case is big or small, social media can have a powerful impact its outcome.
Imagine another driver hits you and your car is totaled. You’re able to walk away from the accident and you seem OK but a few days later a deep pain begins to set in to your back, costing days at work.
During the review of your case, the defense brings up several posts from your Facebook profile. “Wow, big accident. Lucky I’m not hurt” and, “Feeling fine, going to the big party tonight”.
Suddenly pursuing your case gets a whole lot harder.
Perception Becomes Reality
We live in a world where it seems like everyone shares everything on social media. And while most of the time, it’s not a big deal, it can impact your personal injury case.
Because social media provides limited insight into what is being shared, it’s really easy for something you say or share to be turned against you.
A picture of you standing at a friend’s softball game holding a bat looks like you were playing even though you weren’t.
And because social media is a big part of people’s lives, its easy to find yourself getting caught up in a simple mistake of posting a status update or letting yourself be tagged in a photo only to find that used against you later.
The truth is if you’ve been injured in an accident, you need to be careful with being involved with social media.
And if you did accidentally share something you shouldn’t have, it’s important to contact Silkman Law Firm Injury & Accident Lawyer immediately. We’ll review your case and help you understand the impact it can have on your case.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, you need to know the following:
- Even if privacy settings are on, you can still be seen on social media when you post on other people’s profiles or pages. Don’t risk being seen and deactivate your account until your case is settled.
- Don’t share details of the accident or related events on social media.
- Never accept friend requests from people you don’t know personally. (In general this is a good rule to follow for your personal safety.)
- Disable the feature that allows people to tag you in photos on Facebook.
- Don’t send emails about the accident to anyone except your attorney.
- Don’t participate in conversations or forums or write about your accident.
- Things you text, post, share, or email may be uncovered by the defendants and can be used in their defense against your claim.
Even if you didn’t intend it, a social media post can make it look like you’re lying about your injuries.
It’s a good idea to always think about what you’re posting on social media. You never know when someone can use it against you.
If you’ve been involved in a personal injury accident and are wondering about social media posting or would like a free case review, contact Silkman Law Firm Injury & Accident Lawyer or call us at 602.535.5899 today.