Although social media has become a major part of our lives, it is important to remember that the posts you make on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can have a substantial impact on the outcome of your personal injury case.
Many people who feel stressed after being involved in an accident will vent their frustrations in a social media post. These people often come to regret their actions because their statements can be used against them in court. In this blog, we explain the different ways that social media can threaten your personal injury settlement and bring you more legal trouble than you anticipated.
The opposing defense team will look through your social media accounts and the accounts of your friends and followers to find posts and pictures that can be used to place the blame for the accident on you. Even something a simple as an old picture of you appearing to be active can weaken your injury claim and reduce the amount of compensation you are eligible to collect, which is why you need to carefully mange your use of social media while your injury claim is pending.
After an accident, you want to take clear pictures of the damage you sustained, this way you will have evidence of your injuries and what the scene looked like when the accident occurred. It is important to keep this crucial evidence away from those who would misuse it to suggest you did something other than what actually happened. For this reason, do not post pictures of the accident or your injuries on social media. You should also avoid making posts about how your injury symptoms are progressing.
By making social media posts while your lawsuit is still pending, you risk having your statements and actions twisted and used against you by the opposing legal team. Remember, it is the job of the negligent party’s legal team to prove your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim, so do not help them by talking about your injury online.
At Saint & Watzke, PLLP, our experienced team of attorneys are here to walk you through your entire personal injury case. We are familiar with all types of injury cases, and we know which legal strategies produce the best results for our clients. Contact us today to learn how we can help you recover maximum compensation for your accident injury.
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