Social media has become an increasingly popular way to keep in touch with friends and family, and well as a way for business owners to promote their products, ideas, and services. People of all ages now post personal information about themselves on a daily and even hourly basis, information which, in some circumstances, could put your personal and financial welfare at risk. When you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit the information you share could do permanent damage to your case, and prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. The following includes important facts you need to know about the effect social media could potentially have on your case, as well as how to protect your privacy and prevent the information you share from being used against you.
How Social Media Can Hurt Your Claim
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest have become a part of daily live for people around the world. The Pew Research Center reports that approximately two-thirds of all adults in the United States post comments, photo and videos on social media sites on a daily basis. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of people are guilty of oversharing on these sites, revealing highly personal information or making comments that could potentially come back to haunt them in the future.
When you are involved in a personal injury claim or lawsuit, information you share could be used by an insurance company to dispute your version of events or the extent of your injuries, and can have an overall negative effect on your claim. The types of activities that could prove harmful on social media include the following:
- Posting photos or videos of you involved in physical activities which could cast doubt on the nature or severity of your injuries;
- Posting status updates about your injuries or treatment that could indicate you are not following medical advice; and
- Posts admitting liability for your accident or injury, or indicating you may have been partially to blame.
In addition to the above, previous posts you have made could indicate you were not where you claimed to be at the time an accident occurred, or could implicate you in engaging in some sort of behavior which could impact your claim, such as posts showing you drinking in the hours before a car accident. An insurance company could use this type of information as a basis for denying your claim.
Protecting Your Privacy On Social Media
It is important for your general safety and welfare to be aware of how to protect your privacy on social media sites. The consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports recommends that anyone participating in social media should take care to protect themselves against oversharing and revealing personal information. If you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, the following are tips to protect yourself and your claim:
- Do not reveal overly personal or private information about yourself, your accident, or your injuries;
- Be aware of how comments or posts you make could be misconstrued by others;
- Change your Facebook privacy settings to private; and
- Use social media settings to prevent others from tagging you in posts, videos, and photos.
Contact Us Today for Assistance
If you or a loved one has suffered an accidental injury, contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys today. At Hogan Frick, our attorneys can advise you on how to get the compensation you deserve for the damages you suffered, while offering you professional, caring service to guide you through the entire legal process. With offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland, we can assist clients throughout Florida. Contact Hogan Frick today for a free consultation.