Social media is public, and even with the most stringent of privacy controls, you have to assume that there’s no such thing as privacy when posting on social networks. The rights of users have become a political focal point.
But social media remains a go-to platform for staying in contact with friends, meeting new friends and sharing your life with the world.
The problem is that social media can also have a negative impact on a person’s life. Lawyers are using social media to investigate a person’s personal injury claims, employers are using social media to learn more about potential employees – it’s a logical starting point to learn more about a person.
Insurance companies can often track your actions, and if you posted an update seconds before your accident, the insurer may find that you were distracted driving and caused the accident.
There are numerous mistakes that you can make on social media that can ruin your lawsuit.
Stop Talking About Your Case
You may be told not to mention your case, and that’s because once you do, this information may be used against you. Posts that mention when you’re meeting a lawyer or that are used to vent your frustrations can be used against you.
Even comments that you think are positive can be used by an insurance company to avoid paying a claim to you.
If you talk about your case, do it with the understanding that anything you say may be used against you.
Pictures Can Also Be Used Against You
You may not post anything relating to your case, but you may be tempted to post pictures. The problem is that pictures can be very misleading. You may post a picture of your injuries healing, and the lawyer fighting against you may use this picture to downplay your pain and suffering.
If you post pictures of a night out with friends, the lawyer may use the post as a means of showing that injuries did not impact your social life.
Posting anything about your physical activity may be used against you. It’s better to keep all of your physical activity out of the public eye after a personal injury case is filed. If you’re on vacation or even enjoying a day at the golf course, lawyers may try to misconstrue this as showing the injury had little impact on your lifestyle.
What do lawyers recommend?
Go silent on social media. If you want to avoid costly mistakes when you’re in the middle of a lawsuit, put down social media completely. One wrong post or comment can have unintended consequences and is not worth the hassle of having to explain to a judge or your own lawyer.
You do not want to share any medical information you have online, and you also want to tell friends and family members to do the same. Family members may tag you in a photo which shows you at a family party weeks after the accident occurred. The photo may capture the good times, but the photo may not show you leaving the party after 10 minutes because your back hurt so bad that you couldn’t stay any longer.