How using social media can damage your personal injury claim

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may instinctively decide to post an update about it on social media to quickly and easily let your friends and family know how you are doing. However, what many people do not realize is that posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms can have a devastating impact on your personal injury case.

Anything you post online can be used against you by the opposing party, including at-fault drivers and their attorneys, to undermine your case. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to monitor your social media accounts after an accident and attempt to gain access to them. As a result, it is best not to accept new followers or friend requests from anyone you do not know personally until your case is over.

Importantly, avoid sharing anything about your case on social media. Even seemingly innocent posts that are unrelated to your accident or injuries can jeopardize the outcome of your personal injury case. Photos are often used in court to contradict an accident victim’s claims. For instance, a photo of you at a party with friends after an accident may be used as evidence that your injuries are not very serious, even if you were smiling through your pain just for the photo or standing up only for a few minutes.

You should also adjust your privacy settings to prevent others from tagging you in photos or mentioning you on social media sites, which can be just as damaging as your own posts. Online posts are never truly private. In most cases, defense lawyers can request access to your posts, chat conversations and private messages as part of the discovery process even if you have limited public access to them.

The safest course of action is to stay off social media and even shut down your accounts until your accident claim is resolved. After a car accident, you want to do everything in your power to protect your rights and present the strongest possible case. Speak to a personal injury attorney at Joyce & Reyes to learn how we can help you maximize the compensation you deserve for your injuries.