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Social Media Can Harm a Personal Injury Case

Our eagerness to share the personal details of our lives on websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can be a costly mistake in a personal injury action

Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers Report Social Media Can Harm a Personal Injury CaseWe live in an age where anything that happens in our lives gets immediate attention when we post about it on social media sites.  In fact, a Pew Research Center report states that, as of January 2014, 74 percent of internet using adults participate in social media sites. Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. It is also a great way to network and make business connections. Like most things, however, social media can have its dangers and downsides. It has already become popular knowledge that potential employers will review an applicant’s online presence and consider the findings in hiring decisions. Employers aren’t the only ones running background checks on people through social media sites. Insurance companies are doing the same thing. If you are the injured party in a personal injury action, the insurance company will use social media to check in on you and find any reason to weaken or deny your claim.

How can social media hurt my chances of being compensated for my injuries?

Insurance companies will search all corners of the internet for information about you as soon as you file a claim. This includes reviewing social media sites such as:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Instagram

They are looking for things to hold against you and weaken your claim right from the beginning. You might be surprised about how your social media presence can negatively impact your personal injury claim.

For example, you may have posted details about the accident or about your injury to keep your family and friends informed. With this, however, you may have unknowingly admitted responsibility for the accident. It is also possible that you may have offhandedly told everyone that you were okay or understated your injuries. These kinds of statements can come back around and be used as evidence against you and your claims.

After an accident, life goes on despite any injuries you may have sustained. This is understandable. However, another thing insurance companies will look for are the activities you participate in after the accident. You may post pictures from a kayaking trip you took or from a company baseball game you participated in. The insurance company will use pictures and posts relating to these kinds of physical activities to undercut your claim that you sustained injuries in an accident.

What can I do to prevent social media from being used against me in my personal injury case?

It is important to take the potential negative impacts social media can have on your injury claim seriously. Insurance companies can and will use anything available to them in order to weaken your claim. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Don’t post about your accident online. This can include details about the accident, your injuries, or treatment of your injuries. If you have already done this, remove these posts immediately.
  • Tell your friends not to post about you.
  • Heighten your privacy settings. It is even a good idea to, at least temporarily, suspend your social media accounts.
  • Google yourself. Sometimes there are things about you online that you might not even be aware of. Google yourself to find out what these things might be.

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