How Social Media Can Affect Your Personal Injury Case

How Social Media Can Affect Your Personal Injury Case

It has become very common for many to post updates online. We have come along way from holding on to memories through albums and home videos to having everything digitally saved online. We all live in an era knowing everything a person has done or what a friend has eaten that day. 

Since every event is posted online through all platforms, you will most likely post an event such as a car accident or injury that occurred. However, these posts can affect your ability to hold someone accountable for your injuries.

How Can A Social Media Post Affect Your Case?

Physical injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident are easier to prove since those injuries are physically visible and can be proven by medical records and doctor’s notes.  

However, pain and suffering are subjective and harder to prove to a jury or to peers. If a post on social media conflicts with the testimony and evidence presented in court this can potentially affect your personal injury case.

For example, if a plaintiff claims they have depression and anxiety after the accident but then posts an update of them a week later on a road trip, then the evidence conflicts with each other. This evidence can be used to diminish your credibility and reduce the damages. 

These types of posts seem harmless as many people try to post in the best possible light even though they might be going through a dark time. However, posts like these can be used against you in court. 

Insurance claim adjusters will try to minimize your injuries and will look for evidence that you faked or exaggerated your injuries. 

What You Should Avoid Posting on Social Media After An Accident

Be very cautious of what you post or avoid posting anything during your personal injury claim. You should be extra wary about posting:

  • Photos of the accident
  • Photos of your injury
  • Information about your case
  • Updates about your medical condition
  • Discussion about your case
  • Avoid posting anything after the accident to avoid conflicting evidence

What You Should Do After an Accident

Be mindful of what you are going to post and who you share it with if you have been injured and are considering a lawsuit. 

Social media has made a big impact on our lives and will continue to shape our existence. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Lawyers at Adley Law Firm

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