Nowadays, social media is practically everywhere. According to a 2015 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, more than 60 percent of adults use some form of social media to post photos, share experiences, and communicate with both old and new friends. While social media is certainly effective at helping people connect with others and sharing major life event moments, it can also significantly impact other aspects of your life—including your personal injury claim.
Though everyone knows that checking your social media accounts while driving could result in a motor vehicle accident, not too many people understand that social media could also play a large role in your case even after the accident has already occurred. If you file a Pennsylvania personal injury claim, it is crucial to understand that social media can directly impact your case, as well as your potential to receive the compensation you deserve.
Using Social Media Content Against You
In any lawsuit, evidence is key. As such, social media content has become relevant in numerous personal injury cases and can therefore be extremely damaging to your claim. It is safe to assume that the insurance adjuster or defense attorney will be researching about you both online and offline to undermine the personal injury claim you have against their insured. This includes visiting your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for anything they can find to help their case.
You may not realize it, but your posts could be used against you to negate your claim. Posted pictures or statuses could be used to argue that your injuries are not as severe as you’ve led others to believe. Also, sharing about the progress you’ve made in terms of recovery could damper your case for pain and suffering damages.
To avoid this from happening, you must use common sense about what you choose to share with others and which friend requests you accept. If you are in the process of seeking compensation, it is strongly suggested that you carefully consider your social media activity before publishing any form of content. Use your accounts intelligently, and assume that everyone can see your posts. While a post may seem harmless at first glance, it could wind up being detrimental to your case.
Remember that privacy settings on social media sites are not infallible. Even if your profile is set up as “private,” insurance companies may still find a way to access your page and view your information, posts, and photos. When you’re seeking compensation for a personal injury, the defense will stop at nothing to discredit your claim and ultimately minimize your injuries and damages.
Contact The Brod Law Firm
If you are filing a personal injury claim and are concerned about whether your social media content can affect your claim, consult with an attorney right away. Your attorney may want to review your existing content and discuss with you how to best handle your social media accounts moving forward.
In-depth experience, proven success, and excellent client treatment are hallmarks of The Brod Law Firm. Put this winning combination to work for your personal injury case. Don’t hesitate to consult with us for free. Contact us online or call our law office at 1-888-HELPWIN (888-435-7946).