Can Posting on Social Media Hurt My Personal Injury Case?
Any experienced personal injury attorney will tell you that posting to social media can hurt your personal injury case. However, at Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we find that many people do not take this threat seriously. They may assume that the insurance company cannot access their private posts. They may assume that if they only post things that are not related to the accident, it will not matter.
Unfortunately, this is often wrong. Keep reading to discover the various ways in which social media can affect your personal injury case. Then reach out to us at 909-982-0707 if you have been injured in an accident and require a free legal consultation.
Posting About the Accident is No-No
First of all, let us start with the first and potentially worst thing you can do: Post about the accident on social media. Do not do. Do not do it to show the shape of your car as these pictures can be used in your case. Do not even post a link to a news article about the case because the plaintiff’s attorney can try to use this to prove that you agree with everything in the article. Do not assume that anything you post is private. Do not post about the accident!
Do Not Post About Going Out and Doing Anything
If you claim to have a serious head wound and are seen going out dancing with friends, then the other party can easily use this as evidence that you are not as injured as you claim you are. This may seem obvious, but consider that something as simple as posting that you are having coffee with friends could be an issue. How? If you say you are having anxiety after the accident, the insurance company could claim that your caffeine consumption is entirely or partially responsible for your anxiety.
Do Not Post Anything on Social Media
Yes, we mean anything. Everything you imagine being innocent can be taken another way. Did you take a quiz on Buzzfeed to see “What Kind of Burrito Would I Be?” That seems simple, correct? Not if your answer involves being a “burrito on the go.”
What about posting that you are looking forward to the upcoming holidays. Innocent, right? Not necessarily. We know that if a client is seeking compensation for pain and suffering, this does not mean that they are spending every second of their lives being sad and worried but the other side may paint a picture of a person who is cheery, looking forward to the holidays, and not in any pain at all.
We know that many people keep in touch with loved ones and to relax. Unfortatunely, it is something that we must strongly recommend you avoid as your case is pending. If you want to get started on your case as soon as possible then we strongly recommend you contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.