Have you been physically or mentally hurt due to someone else’s fault?
You have the right to file a personal injury claim. Even though there are more important deciding factors for whether you win or lose the claim, your social media activity also plays an important role in this matter. What you post or share on your social media accounts can make or break your claim. Wondering how? Here’s everything you need to know.
Car accident posts on Facebook/Instagram
I strongly recommend not to post statements or photos about your car accidents on Facebook or Instagram, as they may hurt your claim. The other party may attempt to use your statements or photos against you such as claiming you were responsible for the accident or claiming photos depict you engaging in certain physical movements immediately after the accident — which can possibly devalue your case. As a general rule, you should never post any statements or photos concerning the accident on Facebook or Instagram – be it a photo, video, or text.
Personal relationships with witnesses
You must never showcase your personal relationship with witnesses of the case, especially after the incident. It will give the opposite party the right to argue that the witness is biased in your favor. Make sure to limit your social media interaction with anyone that could end up being a witness.
Your life before and after the incident
Sometimes social media can be used to showcase how the incident has affected your daily activities and lifestyle in general. Often accidents and injuries impact every aspect of our lives including financially, physically, and mentally, and your social media posts before and after the incident have the power to demonstrate how the incident has impacted your life and affected you personally. Before posting any materials, however, please always consult with your personal injury attorney to find out what you should and shouldn’t post.
The adverse party has no right to ask for your social media passwords. The court considers it an invasion of privacy, and you don’t have to worry about a private chat you may have had with a friend or family member. However, bear in mind that the friend or family member you’re chatting might be forced to disclose your chat in court. Always use the utmost discretion in ‘chatting’ with any person online whether or not you trust that person.
You may not have considered that social media can influence a personal injury claim – and you should always be concerned whether it might influence it negatively. Keeping in mind that social media activity can directly affect the outcome of your case, you should be mindful of the potential issues raised above and when in doubt always confide with your attorney so you get the proper guidance on posting on social media.