WHY YOU SHOULDN’T POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER A PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT
It is tempting to post intimate details of our lives on social media. For the most part, doing this allows us to keep in touch with our friends, family, colleagues, and classmates. But, sometimes posting on social media can have major repercussions. One of these instances is while you are involved in a personal injury case. Read on to learn more about the consequences of posting on social media after a personal injury accident.
What Could Go Wrong?
As soon as you file a personal injury claim, insurance companies and defense attorneys may begin to monitor your social media. Below are some of the issues that could occur if you post on social media following your accident:
Admit fault: You could accidentally admit fault. If you relay the details of your accident, even the smallest misphrase can change the trajectory of the case. It is important that you refrain from discussing your accident.
Ruin your credibility: There is a good chance you will lose credibility if you post after an accident. For example, if you claim to have a knee injury, and then you make a post about getting some fresh air with friends, a defense attorney may wonder how bad your injury really is if you are able to leave the house and go on a walk.
Appear unaffected: An injury has a major impact financially, physically, and emotionally. In fact, in some cases, you can be compensated for the emotional suffering caused by your accident. If you post often, you may appear emotionally unaffected, hurting your case. In the same vein, posting about your feelings can negatively impact you as well.
Loss of confidentiality: What you discuss with your attorney is kept confidential. Why give up important information by posting about it, therefore allowing the defense to access it?
How to Handle Social Media After an Accident?
The best thing to do is set your account to private and refrain from posting at all until your case is resolved. If you do continue posting, be sure to avoid mentioning your injury or accident. Additionally, you should not post any photos of yourself or the activities in which you partake. Warn your friends and family not to post or tag any photos of you. Lastly, do not accept any new followers during this time unless you know them personally, it may be a member of the defense attempting to access your information. Remember, a private account can be helpful, but a defense attorney may still gain access to your accounts, even posts that have been deleted.
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No matter your circumstances, if you have been injured in a car accident in Texas, you need not suffer alone–our firm is here to help you through every step of the legal process so that you can focus solely on what matters most: healing, so you can live a happy, productive life for years to come. If you are ready to move forward with your personal injury claim, all you have to do is reach out to the Law Office of Steve Brannan today and we will begin the claims process.