Social media has become a form of communication that's been ingrained into our everyday lives. Many can't go a full day without checking Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. It has become as much a habit as it is a way of staying connected and informed.
Maybe it's the fear of missing out on something big posted, but unplugging from social media, in general, is a hard task. However, it's especially important to do after you've sustained a personal injury in an accident. You may think "What could it hurt?" In reality, it can hurt your case a lot.
How Social Media Affects Your Personal Injury Case
1) Defense lawyers can use your posts to refute your claims. The purpose of a personal injury lawsuit is to recover damages after your life has been turned upside down by an accident caused by another party. The job of the other lawyer is to find evidence showing that, in fact, your life hasn't been negatively affected or you're exaggerating your claims. Social media and personal injury claims are a poor combination.
One place a defense lawyer can and will look is on your social media accounts. If you stay active on them after your accident, you make it extremely easy for lawyers to collect information. For instance, a post about raking leaves could be used as evidence to refute a personal injury claim for a back injury.
2) Negative posts about the defendant can hurt your case, too. If your personal injury resulted from negligence, you might be rightfully angry, but venting on social media isn't the answer. You could be defined as ‘sue happy' or seen as in it for the settlement money. Defendants can exploit these attitudes and make plaintiffs seem as if they are in it for the cash. By posting negative remarks, you can be seen as bitter or unhinged.
3) Don't share posts about your injuries. They may be life-altering, but posting about them can open legal doorways for the defense. Cases of these nature are complex. If you post about your injuries and your description of them doesn't align with your claim, it will diminish your case even when the inconsistencies are unintentional.
Social media is a great way to stay connected and informed, but being active on your accounts after a personal injury is a bad idea. Unplug after an accident, and stay off until after your claim is over.