Can Social Media Affect My Personal Injury Case?

Social media is a helpful tool to let friends and family know you are okay after an accident. However, anything you post on social media may be used to undermine your personal injury case. Under current laws, social media is considered public record. This means any pictures, videos, messages, or other posts may be used as evidence in court. After an accident, you need to use caution with what you say on social media.

If you are pursuing compensation in a personal injury lawsuit, the insurance company will conduct a thorough investigation. They will comb through your social media accounts looking for evidence to show that your injuries were not caused by the accident, or that they aren’t as bad as you say they are.

Social media accounts they may investigate include, but are not limited to:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn

Dating websites and other social media platforms may also be subject to investigation. In some cases, the insurance company may take posts out of context to undermine the validity of your claim. For example, if your friend posts a picture of you dancing at a party when you are pursuing compensation for a debilitating back injury, the insurance company may try to deny your claim, even if the picture was taken before the accident.

Furthermore, if you post a message on social media to let your family and friends know that you are doing fine after an accident, but you are now seeking compensation for injuries that appeared days later, your ability to receive compensation may be hindered. The insurance company will do everything possible to avoid paying what you deserve. That is why you should avoid posting on social media entirely until your case is complete. However, if you do post on social media, you need to put the privacy settings to the highest level to discourage the insurance company from finding any information about the case.

It is important to avoid posting anything related to:

  • The accident
  • Your injuries
  • The ongoing case
  • Anyone involved in the case

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If you have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. Our firm has helped countless clients obtain financial relief, and we will answer your questions and aggressively represent you from start to finish. Our Santa Clarita personal injury lawyer believes negligent and reckless individuals deserve to be held accountable in court. Throughout the process, we will fight for justice on your behalf.

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