Too many personal injury claimants have lost out on the compensation they deserved by making posts on social media that an insurance company used to contradict their claims or attack their credibility. While you may think you’re posting something innocent, the insurance company can still find a way to twist it.
How Social Media Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case
Any of the following online actions could derail your case for compensation:
- Posting specific details about the accident or your injuries — When posting on social media, you may unintentionally contradict statements you have made in your official claim. The information you post can hurt your case by giving the insurance company a reason to deny your claim or reduce the compensation they offer you. Posting inconsistent statements on social media can also damage your credibility if your case goes to court.
- Making negative comments about the insurance company or opposing party — Making comments about the party at fault for the accident or the insurance company might leave the jury to assume you are being vindictive rather than simply pursuing the compensation you need to put your life back together.
- Revealing the extent of your physical abilities and limitations — Do not post photos of yourself doing anything that could undercut the claims you’ve made about your injuries. For example, an insurance company could use a photo of you out with friends to suggest that you are not as hurt as you claim.
What Not to Put on Social Media During a Personal Injury Case
Things to avoid putting on social media during your injury case include:
- Photos or videos of yourself
- Location check-ins, which may suggest you are doing activities like exercise or sports
- Details about the accident or injuries you have suffered
- Updates on the progress of your claim
- Any angry or critical comments about the insurance company or any at-fault parties
You should not accept connection or friend requests from anyone you do not know during your injury claim. They may come from an insurance representative who wants access to your social media timeline. You should also set your profile to private. However, this does not fully protect you. Insurance companies may instead send connection requests to your friends and family to gain limited access to your social media posts.
Can a Court Order You to Show Your Social Media Activity?
The insurance company may request a court order requiring you to turn over a copy of your social media timeline if it has evidence that your posts contradict your claims. Any information you post may be damaging to your case or favorable to the insurance company or defendant.
Because a court may order you to produce a copy of your social media activity, you should not delete or alter any posts on your accounts. Editing your social media may be considered destroying evidence.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Arizona for Help
Contact Silkman Law Firm Injury & Accident Lawyer today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Arizona. Our firm can explain the risks social media poses to your injury case and discuss how to pursue the compensation you need.