We’ve seen this far too many times. A person is injured in some type of an accident and then goes on social media to tell their family and friends about their accident but assures them that they were not injured and are fine. There are still other cases where someone is injured and then goes on social media to post pictures of them waterskiing or mountain climbing or shows them engaged in some strenuous activity.
This would all seem innocent enough but unfortunately, these posts can be used as evidence against you. Insurance adjusters and defense attorneys will check your social media accounts and will use anything that you post to help show that you are either not injured, you are not injured as seriously as you have previously indicated, or that your credibility should be called into question.
There are a number of things you can do to help protect yourself after you been injured in an accident when it comes to using social media. First, to the extent possible you should not be posting things on social media - especially things that could be misconstrued or used against you. You should check your privacy settings and make sure that only your current family members and friends can see your posts. You should also be very selective in what new people you accept as friends especially if you do not know them.
If you are going to post certain things on social media make sure that you reference restrictions or limitations that you are experiencing as a result of your accident-related injuries because this will help to support the claims that you are making which do not allow you to lead the same lifestyle you did prior to the accident.
Lastly, you should assume that anything you post online will be read by the insurance adjuster, their investigator, or defense counsel so be very mindful of the fact that anything that can be misunderstood or misconstrued will be used as evidence against you later on.
If you have any problems or questions about what you should be doing relative to social media or if you have any other questions about your case please contact us at the earliest possible moment so we can avoid any missteps in how you might be handling things which could be later used to reduce the value of your case.