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Why You Shouldn’t Discuss Your Injury Case on Social Media
Social media is the trademark of this digital era, as it lets us connect with everyone in an instant while sharing updates about recent events with just a few clicks. Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with legal issues, social media websites can cause more harm than good.
If you’ve been hurt by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation by filing a personal injury claim, but making the wrong move online can stop you from receiving the money you deserve. Here’s why you shouldn’t discuss your case online and how the lawyers at the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg can help you.
Your Online Activity Can Be Used as Evidence
Proceeding legally means negotiating with defendants and insurance adjusters who will do their best to diminish your claim’s value. This includes going through your social media profile, where they’ll carefully examine everything you’re posting. If your online activity contradicts your statements, you may completely lose your chances of getting compensated.
That’s why you should be very cautious about the details shared with your friends. If you want to update them about what’s happening, try to do so in private. The last thing you want is to inform the insurance company about your chronic pain while you’re posting pictures of you attending public events or going out with your loved ones.
All Information Can Be Accessed
Resisting the urge to post on your favorite social media website isn’t easy, especially when it’s part of your daily routine. For this reason, many accident victims who want to remain connected with their web of online friends think that modifying their privacy settings is enough to deal with a personal injury claim while posting about it.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Making your profile private or using friends-only visibility settings is not a long-term solution, especially if your case goes to trial. A defendant who is aggressively requesting evidence can force you to produce records that will be examined by a jury.
Disclosing private posts rarely ends well, so don’t forget that this possibility exists. Talk to your lawyer about the information the at-fault party may try to use to discredit your claim.
Comments Can Still Hurt Your Case
Even if you’re very cautious about your social media activity, it doesn’t mean that everyone who knows what happened will do the same thing. Comments, especially publicly accessible ones, can still hurt your case and reduce a witness’s credibility, which can put you at a disadvantage during negotiations.
You have no control over a friend’s comments. That’s why you should inform them of what happened and stop them from discussing your injuries or your compensation before it’s too late. If someone close to you starts posting online about the amount of money you’d like to receive from your settlement, for example, it may put your character and what happened into question.
Seek Guidance from a Personal Injury Lawyer
Navigating through the claims process by yourself can be difficult, especially when you’re unaware of the actions that could harm your possibilities of winning. With a personal injury lawyer’s help, you can follow the right path and avoid mistakes that could hurt your settlement.
At The Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg, we acknowledge the power of social media and will focus on guiding you toward a successful case. Call 414-271-7007 or complete the online contact form to schedule your free case evaluation and learn more.