Social media has become such a regular part of our lives that many of us don’t think twice before posting about what we ate for dinner, where we went on vacation or what we did for our daily workout. It can be easy to forget that, no matter what privacy settings you utilize, nothing on social media is truly private. And that means that the publicly available information in social media posts can have a huge impact on your ongoing personal injury lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury and are pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible, it’s best to avoid posting anything on your social media accounts until your case has been resolved. If it’s not possible to stay off social media entirely, think very carefully about what you decide to post.
Defense attorneys, insurance agencies, and private investigators routinely check plaintiffs’ social media pages to gather information that could be used as evidence against their claims. For example, if you claim you injured your back or knee and it prevents you from returning to work, posting pictures of yourself playing pickup basketball may discredit you and impact your case.
It’s also important not to share details of your accident or ongoing case on social media. In addition to exercising caution with your own social media accounts, you may need to keep an eye on the online activity of family and friends. Ask them not to talk online about your accident and lawsuit, and not to post videos or photos of you until the case is resolved.
When in doubt, speak with your attorney before posting anything on social media that might compromise your case.
If you or a loved one has questions about how social media can affect your personal injury lawsuit, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Mitchell Hoffman & Wolf for a free consultation.
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