As the popularity of social media networks grows, so does their role in personal injury cases. Many people do not recognize how damaging a single Tweet, status update, or other social media post could be during a pending lawsuit. The attorney representing the at-fault party in your accident will be monitoring your networking sites, so it is key to pay attention to what you post on social media after an accident.
Is it ever OK to post about my accident?
In short, no. Never post anything about your accident or a pending lawsuit on social media or in any other public venue. This includes details about the crash or your injuries, updates about your health, or frustrations about the situation. Even posting that you are involved in settlement negotiations or a lawsuit can be damaging, and you should avoid it.
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How can adjusters use my social media posts against me?
The opposing legal team will find a way to use almost any social media post against you. A picture of you and your family at an amusement park can show your injuries are not as severe as you claim, and a post about going to a party brings questions about whether you really deserve money for pain and suffering.
Do not forget that friends can also “tag” you in pictures on social media, so it is important to talk to your friends and family about avoiding posting images of you or “checking in” when you do things together.
Can they gain access to my posts if my privacy settings are “friends only”?
Even if you believe you locked your privacy settings down securely, outsmarting these settings is not difficult. Insurance or law firm representatives may send you a friend request and if you approve this connection, they instantly gain access to all of your social media activities including pictures and check-ins. For this reason, many lawyers recommend that clients avoid accepting any new friend or follow requests during pending litigation.
Should I delete my social media accounts?
One of the best ways to ensure your social media accounts cannot hurt your case is to take a break from these sites when the lawsuit is pending. Most social media accounts allow users to deactivate their accounts temporarily. Alternately, simply refrain from posting during this time. If you decide you want to continue using your social media accounts:
- Never post about the accident or pending litigation
- Avoid adding new pictures
- Do not check in online
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Bressman Law represents Ohio accident victims. We help our clients get the compensation they deserve, whether that is by negotiating an out-of-court settlement or representing them during a trial. Contact us today at (614) 538-1116 to schedule a no-obligation appointment with one of our car accident attorneys.