Numerous personal injury cases have felt the repercussions of posting statuses about their injuries on Social Medial channels. What may appear to be an innocent post that informs your family and friends that you’re healing well from an injury may actually hurt you in the long run, especially if you’re dealing with an personal injury case.
Insurance companies regularly monitor social media channels for people involved in injury claims while tracking information they can use in court. Lawyers frequently refer to Facebook page statuses in court to prove where the defendant has been prior and during personal injury cases. They use information from Social Media postings to insinuate false injuries and provide evidence against claims.
Judges are persuaded that defendants are exaggerating their injury, all due to public postings and the easy access of the Internet. Defense Lawyers frequently use old posts to try and prove that a person’s injuries may pre-date the accident. They will use what you post against you and question your injuries.
Protect yourself by avoiding posting about any injuries, accidents, or treatments in any context on your social media channels, specifically if you’re in a personal injury dispute. Remove any images and statuses that may be misinterpreted and end up hurting you later. Monitor your friends’ statuses and image tags. Unless you have adjusted your privacy settings, others can tag you in photos without your approval.
Don’t forget to check comments that mention your name that could lead to misinterpretation. Lastly, be aware of friend requests you don’t recognize, they might be an insurance company seeking your information.
For more tips to improve your social media privacy settings refer to our De-Clutter Social Channels Blog.