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If you are injured in an accident, the value of your case depends on the nature and extent of your injuries. Insurance adjusters and attorneys will be looking for evidence that will reduce the insurer’s liability. Anything you post on social media, and anything posted by your friends in which you are tagged, can be used to hurt your case.
If you are claiming physical and/or emotional injury, seemingly harmless posts can be used to suggest that your injuries are not as severe as you claim they are. Even something as innocuous as a photo of yourself at a friend’s birthday party may lead to accusations that your emotional state is not as you reported. Likewise, a photo of you river-rafting after the accident would obviously be used to show you were not in as much pain as you claimed to be. A photo will not necessarily show the physical pain you may be in, or the emotional pain you are trying to hide for the sake of your loved ones.
None of us know when an accident is going to happen, so we can’t anticipate when a post might turn into evidence. We should always be mindful of what we post, and understand that everything, even after be think we have removed it, is permanent. Before posting, ask yourself if you’d be fine seeing that post show up as an exhibit at trial.
After an accident, there are some precautions that will lessen the chance of your social media posts being used against you. Here are some suggestions:
Make sure your attorney is aware of any posts made prior to an accident that might affect you, positively or negatively.
If you are pursuing a personal injury claim after an accident, make sure that your attorney is aware of your social media presence.
Always consult an experienced car accident law firm before making any statements or dealing with an insurance company. The experts at Springs Law Group offer free consultations and will give you the answers you are looking for.