In the event of a personal injury claim, social media can play a major role. The other party’s insurance company and the defense attorney may attempt to access and use your social media against you. Social media is a huge part of many of our lives, so it can be difficult to refrain from posting, especially when you want to keep your loved ones in the loop. But, posting on social media can undermine your credibility and tell a false narrative. To learn more about how to protect yourself and your social media, read on.
Can a Defense Attorney See My Social Media?
Yes. As soon as you file a personal injury claim, your social media becomes the subject of speculation. A defense attorney can access your social media content, even if you have a private account. Additionally, a defense attorney may even be able to access deleted posts and direct messages.
How Will My Social Media be Used?
A defense attorney will attempt to utilize your social media to prove that you are exaggerating the impacts of your injury, or that you are at fault for the injury. For example, if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident and post a photo out and about with friends, an attorney may argue that the injury has not impacted your ability to get around or socialize. Things like this can severely harm your case.
What Can I Do?
If you are injured, you should avoid posting on social media. This can be difficult because we often keep our loved ones updated via social media. But, it is important that you do not discuss your accident on social media at all. If you do post on social media, do not post any selfies or any photos that document your injury or recovery process. Additionally, warn your friends and family not to post any photos of you. Lastly, do not accept any new followers during this time.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to receive compensation. To ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, it is necessary to avoid posting on social media until your case has been settled. For more information or help regarding your personal injury case, contact our firm today.
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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.