How Social Media Can Ruin Your Personal Injury Claim
You have always been warned to be mindful of what you post on social media. Once you put something out on the internet, there is no retracting it; it is always there, available for people to see, acquire, and possibly use against you.
People today, especially the younger generations, are hooked onto social media. All their life updates are there for everyone to see. Everything that happens in their lives, from the food they eat to the places they visit, is up for the world to view.
While it’s all fun and games, the same harmless activity can potentially become detrimental to you and your personal injury case, if you’re in the middle of one. Our attorneys strongly advise people against posting anything on social media regarding their case, the injury, or the defendant. Even other updates and posts can be used against you to undermine the case. If you are involved in a personal injury claim, it is best to avoid posting on social media for good until your claim is concluded.All Evidence Can Potentially be Relevant
There are no limitations to what can be used as evidence in court and what cannot. Anything that you post on social media is open to interpretation and usage by the defendant’s lawyers. They can use the pictures you upload, the status updates you post, things you share, your tweets, your check-in locations, and your tagged photos. These can potentially undermine and negatively impact your claim. So it is better that you take the pre-emptive approach and avoid providing fuel to the fire.
You might think that your social media is a private medium where you can share whatever you want, but the truth is that nothing on the internet is private. Somewhere, somehow, people will find pieces of evidence that you might have shared in private on the internet, and can impact your personal injury claim.Undermine Your Case
The at-fault party, their insurance company and attorneys may try to undermine your claims of personal injury and try to reduce the value of the case. The lower the value, the lesser the at fault party would have to pay in compensatory damages.
For example, you might post a video of you partying at a friend’s birthday or a video of you participating in a physically demanding sport, and the defendant’s attorney may try to assert that your personal injuries are not serious enough and are not impacting your mental wellbeing or routine life.
Many such examples do exist; countless lawsuits today can be affected by social media one way or the other. In fact, it is becoming common practice for lawyers to look up their clients and opposite parties on social media first to try to obtain any useful information.Power of Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool. It connects us and entertains us, but it also has the capacity to destroy us. One piece of information on social media could negatively affect your claim.Top 6 Personal Injury Claims in Florida
- Automobile Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Accidents at Work
- Wrongful or Accidental Death Claims
If you have been involved in an accident in Florida and sustained personal injuries, you may be eligible to file a claim against the at-fault party. Instead of posting about it on social media, contact a dedicated personal injury lawyer who is familiar with accident claims in Florida and has experience dealing in similar cases. The legal team at Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers are ready to provide you with guidance as to your legal options, review your case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Frank & Kominsky Injury Lawyers prioritizes customer service and are available to answer calls or questions at any time of the day. You can reach out to us through our website or through the phone; our lawyers are ready to assist you.
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