If you have been injured in a Connecticut accident and have received injuries of a significant enough nature so as to hinder or affect your activities of daily living then you have available to you something that could destroy or severely reduce the value of your Connecticut personal injury case. By using social media, you could severely undermine how much money you are able to receive for your cases due to your accident related injuries. How does this happen and why should it matter?
Most people have access to one or more types of social media accounts. Many people are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or some other social media platform. People frequently post pictures, on almost a daily basis, of activities that they are engaged in and things that they are doing. Insurance adjusters are constantly monitoring the social media platforms of injured parties. If you claim that you are unable to work or are restricted in what you are able to do and post pictures of yourself engaging in various types of outdoor activities like playing baseball, water skiing, swimming, running in some type of race, or anticipating in other events that require some degree of physical fitness then you provide the insurance adjuster with ways to argue that you are not that seriously injured.
As a Connecticut personal injury attorney, I often talk with insurance adjusters who reference postings found on our clients' social media accounts. We are often told that our clients cannot be that seriously injured if they are engaged in strenuous activities, are going on vacation trips or post other things that show that they are having a good time engaged in activities that are normally performed by people who are much healthier.
We advise our clients that they should discontinue using social media altogether after they have been injured in an accident. This is very difficult for some people so it is important to monitor what is posted and to make sure that their account is private so that only their friends can see this information. It is also important to point out that people sometimes want to innocently exaggerate the problems that they are experiencing as a result of their accident related injuries. These innocent exaggerations are undermined by social media postings where people forget about what they previously said and just enjoy the moment and then post pictures of the activities that they are engaged in while out having fun with friends and family.
I want to be clear that we are not asking people to misrepresent their medical situation or how their accident related of injuries are affecting them. If you are able to engage in certain activities then by all means you should do so with your doctor's approval. Social media postings can severely complicate your personal injury case because it provides the insurance adjuster with the opportunity to greatly downplay your injuries and attempt to show that you are being less than honest in describing how your accident has affected you on a day-to-day basis.
There are also a great number of other things that are important to do or to not be doing after a Connecticut accident.
We handle your Connecticut personal injury case on a contingency fee basis which means that we do not get paid unless and until we collect money damages for you. We also pay for the costs to develop your case which are only repaid to us if we collect money damages for you. In other words, if there is no recovery then you will owe us no legal fees and no costs. Get this valuable free information today before you make a mistake in how you handle your own Connecticut accident case.