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How Social Media Can Ruin Your Case

If you have been involved in any type of accident where you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should refrain from posting on any social media platform. No matter how strong and compelling your deposition is, a simple post on any of your social media accounts could affect your case.

The experienced personal injury lawyers at our firm want to make sure that you understand how social media can ruin your case. 

Personal Injury Claim and Social Media

The first thing you should do is deactivate your social media accounts. If you do not do this, it is important that you do not share any information regarding your accident, add any new friends or post any photos. The insurance companies and defense attorneys will be watching your social media in order to gain evidence. They may submit any photos that show you are able to engage in any activities that should not be possible with your injuries. 

For example, let’s say you were involved in a terrifying car accident. When telling your deposition you explain how the injuries incurred from the accident prohibit you from doing daily physical activities. While your case is still pending, you decide to post daily photos of you and your family taking hikes, taking walks, traveling, or even sharing things that could indicate you are solely looking for financial compensation from your case. This is how social media can ruin your case. 

Although what you are posting may not be harmful, it could be used against you. Some cases are salvageable but it could make the case more difficult. It could prolong the case or even affect the amount of compensation that you receive had you not posted those things on social media. The defense attorneys will try to use anything that proves your injuries are not as severe as you claim.

Whether you are on a vacation as the driver or the passenger, they will argue that your injuries are not severe if you can sit and/or drive for hours to travel. A harmless clip on your story of you having dinner with friends can be argued that you feel well enough to go out. This dinner could even include alcoholic drinks, if you have been prescribed medicine for your injuries this will show your carelessness. 

Avoid Posting On Social Media Platforms

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The lawyers at Wettermark Keith suggest that all clients stay away from social media as much as possible. It is important that you remember how social media can ruin your case when you post or share anything.

What you post on your social media accounts can determine whether you win or lose your case. You should limit posting, do not accept friend requests from people you do not know, and make all of your social media profiles private. You would rather be safe than sorry.