Social media is a common pastime for many people across the country. They
use it to stay in touch with other people, share their positive moments
with friends and family, and keep occupied during a short metro ride to
or from work. While it has many positive aspects, it can also be a hindrance
in many legal cases, including personal injury suits.
Many people are unaware of how easily accessible their social media accounts
are. Users must deliberately set their profiles to private, so only friends
can see their activity. People who don’t often share their lives
with anyone who cares to look, including the attorneys of the insurance
company you may be fighting in court.
For example, one woman who was injured pursued compensation for her broken
leg. The insurance company didn’t want to pay for her medical bills
and rehabilitation, so they disputed her claim. In court, the company’s
attorney used the woman’s social media profile to prove she wasn’t
as injured as she claimed in court. Part of her suit included loss of
enjoyment of life, though her social media account showed her recently
laughing. This picture hurt her claim in court.
Social media accounts portray people’s view of what they want to
show people about their lives. Most want to show the positives, such as
getting married or having a fun new experience, such as skydiving. Rarely
do people post pictures of themselves being miserable after an accident;
however, insurance companies will use your account however they can to
keep from needing to pay.
If you’re pursuing a personal injury case, or you hope to seek compensation
through a civil suit, do yourself a favor and avoid all social media posting
until your case is finalized. Likewise, ask your friends and family not
to post anything on their accounts regarding your injury until your case is over.
Talk to one of our skilled
Otsego County personal injury attorneys if you were injured by the negligence or carelessness of another person
or a company. You deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages,
and pain and suffering. Let us see what we can do for you.
at (607) 229-1885 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation
with us today.