Nearly 70% of U.S. adults use social media to connect with friends and family, express opinions, and share stories. But the benefits of staying connected could end up costing people the success of a personal injury case.
The simplest way to diminish the value of a case could be by posting on social media. Below, our personal injury lawyers share some reasons why:
1. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ARE SKILLED IN FINDING YOUR POSTS AND USING THEM TO ARGUE AGAINST YOU.
Defense attorneys and insurance adjusters look for evidence that you aren’t suffering like you claim to be.
Evidence is key to any lawsuit, and whatever you post on social media can be misinterpreted and used against you. Even if you have nothing to hide, it’s best to stay away from social media while your case is being handled.
2. FRIENDS MAY TRY TO GIVE YOU THEIR OPINION AND ADVISE YOU ON WHAT TO DO.
Well-meaning friends may try to ask about your case and tell you what they would do if they were in the same situation. Participating in these conversations can leave unwanted information floating around for your network to see.
Additionally, comments from friends asking about your recovery may seem harmless, but their posts, and your answers, can be easily misunderstood. Answering to comments with phrases like, “I’m feeling a lot better today!” make it easy for the defense team to argue against your claim. This devalues your case.
3. YOU MAY COMPROMISE THE VALUE OF YOUR CASE.
The goal of a personal injury case is to recover damages that were caused by someone else’s negligence.
Since anything you post can be held against you and reduce the value of your claim, you don’t want to risk anything by posting on social media. We recommend you increase your privacy settings and refrain from posting.
Check out this infographic that sums up the information of this blog:
When it comes to protecting your rights, you can never be too safe. Let your Pintas and Mullins attorney be your advocate through the claims process. Talk to him or her about your concerns and observations rather than posting them online.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys can best advise you on what to do during your case. They are dedicated in providing you with the best legal counseling. Contact us today—we practice in all 50 states and can be reached 24/7.