Social media is a major part of our lives nowadays, encouraging individuals all across the globe to overshare every aspect of their lives, from mundane activities to eventful milestones. While this is oftentimes never a problem for most, it can become quite detrimental if you are involved in a personal injury case. In fact, it can alter the outcome of your case, harming your chances of obtaining the fair compensation you deserve and need to aid you throughout your recovery. You might enjoy this favored pastime, but it is best to unplug from social media while pursuing a lawsuit for injuries and damages sustained.
Here are some important reasons why you should stay off social media throughout your personal injury case:
- Social media posts can be used as evidence in court: Anything you post to a social media platform, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or some other public forum, is a public record and, as such, defense attorneys and insurance companies can use your own posts against you. If you wrote a post after the accident, stating that you only had a minor injury and that you are okay, but you end up seeking compensation for a much more serious injury that appeared later on, the insurance companies might argue that the injuries were not a result of the accident.
- Social media posts have the power to negate your claim: Social media can also handicap your chances at obtaining compensation for pain and suffering, in addition to other non-economic damages. If you post a picture of yourself smiling or enjoying yourself at a gathering or a party, the insurance companies might argue that your claim of emotional trauma is false. Even if the photo was taken prior to the accident, it might be used out of context to poke holes in your claim.
- Social media posts can come back to haunt your personal injury case: Posting negative things about those involved in your personal injury case, or making statements about your injuries that are not entirely consistent with medical records can be used against you. Insurance companies have one goal – to avoid paying you any compensation or to at least significantly reduce the amount you are awarded. They will do absolutely everything possible to ensure they achieve this goal, which means they will investigate your social media accounts for any bit of evidence they can use to attack your character and disprove your claim. Make sure your friends and family also understand that they must not make any posts about you or your case until it reaches a resolution.
Remember, even if you think your profile is private, nothing is ever truly private on the internet. If you choose to remain active on social media, do so with caution and, if you are unsure about something, consult with your personal injury attorney for advice. Nothing is worth risking your chances of securing compensation.
Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorneys
If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation for your injuries and other damages sustained. At Percy Law Group, PC, our experienced team of personal injury attorneys in Massachusetts is dedicated to providing compassion and support while aggressively pursuing justice on your behalf. We want you to focus on your recovery while we handle the details of your case, which is why you will not owe us any legal fees unless we win your case.
Contact our office today at (508) 718-2545 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.