If you’re like most Americans, social media is an integral part of your life. Throughout the day, you may spend hours on various social media apps or sites, either composing a tweet on Twitter, posting an update on Facebook, liking a picture on Instagram, checking in to a location on Foursquare, sharing an article on LinkedIn, or uploading a video to YouTube, Your social media accounts are a way for you to chronicle the events in your life, share your thoughts and views, and connect with friends, family and the world at large.
If you were recently injured in an accident, it’s natural to want to turn to social media to share details about what happened. You may even find it cathartic to air grievances about the person who caused your injuries or to express your anxiety over whether or not you’ll be compensated. The unfortunate reality is, anything you say or post on social media can be used to limit or deny your personal injury claim. The at-fault party’s insurer and defense attorney in your case will most likely search your social media profiles in an effort to find any evidence that can cast doubt on the legitimacy of your injuries. They may try to prove your injuries do not exist, are not as severe as you claim, or existed prior to the accident. For example, if you claimed you suffered a back injury but posted a picture of yourself and some friends playing basketball, that would be hurt your credibility and be detrimental to your overall case.
limit the discovery of this information by adjusting privacy settings
ideally, set all social media sites to private
tag you in photos or check-ins either.
as a general rule:
refrain from posting:
suspend all of your
you should temporarily suspend all of your social media accounts.
At the very least, you should be sure that your account is set to private, and that you do not accept any new friend requests during the time period after your accident. You should also ask friends and family members to refrain from posting anything related to you after your accident and to set their profiles to private as well.
used against you if any
Make sure all of your social media posts are set to “friends only” or “private” and not “public. inconsistencies are found between what you’ve told the insurance company and the info in those posts.
In addition to physical injuries, personal injury lawyers may make a case for emotional distress on your behalf
do not provide written details of your accident, injury or recovery process
details about your medical diagnosis or treatment
do not post pictures or video of your injury or from the accident
do not post pictures or video of you engaged in a physical activity
how a judge and jury perceive a plaintiff’s pain and suffering and mental anguish
do not respond to inquiries from others