Social media is everywhere nowadays and many of us partake in the act of
oversharing every aspect of our lives, no matter how mundane or eventful
it might be. For the majority of people, this might not be too much of
an issue, but for those who are currently in the midst of a personal injury
case, posting on social media can derail the outcome of a case. Even if
you are not making any posts that are directly related to your accident
or injuries, a lot of information can be gleaned from indirect posts,
which can easily be misconstrued and twisted against you.
Here are some reasons why you should refrain from engaging in social media
while pursuing a personal injury lawsuit:
Your posts can be misleading when it comes to the extent of your injuries: Photos, videos, or even statements about your wellbeing can all be taken
out of context. Given how intent most insurance companies are on making
sure you receive as little compensation as possible, it is imperative
that you protect yourself and avoid providing any information they can
potentially use to argue that you are not as injured as you claim to be.
Social media is fun, but that moment of fun is certainly not worth losing
much-needed compensation over.
Your posts might make it seem as though you were not emotionally impacted: Part of compensation in personal injury cases include pain and suffering.
If you post a photo of you smiling and enjoying life, it could weaken
this aspect of your claim. You might have only just smiled for the photo
because you were at a birthday party or among family, despite being in
pain, but the insurance company will not care about what you were actually
feeling. It will be used as proof that the accident and your injuries
had little to no impact on you. Do not let them take these few moments
of levity in your life to take away the compensation you need to get you
through this difficult experience.
You need to worry about more than your own account: How many times have you been tagged in a friend’s photo album or
a picture on Instagram? The fact is that, even without you actively posting
on social media, others might do it for you. Ask your friends and family
to refrain from tagging you on social media posts, or change your settings
so that your approval is required. Insurance companies will likely look
through posts made by your friends to attempt to find anything that could
be potentially useful against your case.
Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney
If you are pursuing a personal injury lawsuit for injuries you sustained
due to another party’s negligence, you need to work with a Las Vegas
personal injury attorney. At Shook & Stone, our compassionate attorneys
understand the legal process can be incredibly overwhelming and intimidating,
which is why we are here to make the process as simple as possible for
you. Our skilled team is backed by over 85 years of combined legal experience,
which we will put to work for you.
Contact our office today at (888) 662-2013 to schedule a consultation with
a knowledgeable member of our team.