Social media provides a great platform where people can connect with friends and share a lot of things about their lives. But one of the most interesting things it is that, once you post or relay certain information, it’s almost impossible to keep it under wraps or entirely get rid of it.
It’s not uncommon to find social media users inadvertently posting something that comes back to haunt them later on. This is painfully true for personal injury victims that are involved in lawsuits resulting from car accidents, medical malpractices, slip, and fall as well as assault and battery cases.
It is quite understandable that you would want to go on social media to inform your friends and loved ones about an accident you were recently involved in and sort of reassure them that you are okay. But did you know mentioning details of your injury or claims on social media could end up damaging your case?
Why It Is Advisable To Steer Clear of Social Media When Pursuing an Injury Case?
Evidence from Social Media Can Distort Your Claims
Even something as harmless as checking in to your favorite places on Facebook or Foursquare account during the lawsuit could cast some doubt into your claims. Ideally, when you’ve suffered serious injuries, anyone would expect that you have limited mobility or inability to engage in physically demanding activities.
In essence, a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram post could ruin your case or dampen the chances of recovering damages because it may:
- Bring out something that contradicts your testimony (can be from Friends or family comments)
- Inadvertently show that you are able to physically engage in certain activities after an injury
- Uncover contradicting witness statements
- Provide photo evidence of you in action
Are Social Media Posts, Photographs, and Videos Really Admissible in Court?
Your social media post could be a trap as dishonest attorneys, investigators and insurance adjusters will almost always do anything to twist your words or posts. You might even adjust your social media privacy settings to Friends Only but the defense could have a mutual friend with you, from whom they can get voluntary disclosure.
What Can You Do To Protect Yourself On Social Media During A Personal Injury Case?
There’s a lot you can do to ensure your social media presence does not affect your car accident, slip and fall or any other personal injury case in court. The safest thing to do could be to steer clear of social media.
But if you really must use social media, be sure to observe the following:
Do Not Post Anything Regarding Your Accident or Pending Case
Avoid Posting Arguments or Replies about Your Case
Avoid Engaging With Strangers
Avoid Posting Photos of Yourself Drinking or Partying
Ask Your Friends and Family Not To Mention Your Case
As a matter of precaution, tell your family members or friends not to share any details of your ongoing case. You and anybody closely associated with you should simply lay low on social media until the case is fully resolved. That’s the best bet you can make.
Contact an Experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorney for Help
Your attorney will also provide expert advice and guidance through every stage of the case, letting you know the things you should do and the things to avoid for a favorable outcome. That guidance may include offering advice on social media pitfalls that might otherwise jeopardize your case.
Get in touch with us today if you want to pursue a claim on an accident, battery, medical negligence or any other type of personal injury. We’ll guide you through the entire court process and do our best to ensure you win the case and get the compensation you deserve.