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How social media can hurt your personal injury claim

| Dec 18, 2020 | Personal Injury

You were in a bad accident and the other party was clearly at fault. You’re hurting, you’re frustrated and you need to vent. Like everyone else, social media is your primary outlet for sharing your experiences and feelings with others.

This is not, however, a good time to share there.

Social media posts can be used against you in court

You can bet that your social media accounts will be scoured by the defense as they look for anything that might undercut your claims. These days, social media is commonly introduced into court — and judges have even meted out punishment to people who have tried to “clean up” an account and hide their posts before a trial.

It’s far safer and smarter to put your social media accounts on the highest privacy setting possible and (still) avoid posting anything that might be used to:

  • Cast doubt on the actual cause of your injuries
  • Give rise to questions about the severity of your condition or limitations
  • Damage your credibility as a witness in your own case
  • Create an impression that you are “out for blood” instead of a fair settlement

Generally speaking, it’s probably better to stay off your social media accounts entirely. If you’re unwilling to do that, however, you should at least speak with your attorney about your accounts and establish a few clear ground rules about what you can — and cannot — post.

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If you’ve been hurt because of another party’s negligence, you have every right to ask compensation for your injuries and losses. Please continue reviewing our website and blog to learn more.


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