Social Media Can Hurt Your Chances of a Personal Injury Lawsuit VictoryIf you are like most Americans, you document nearly every single major event in your life on social media. From graduations to birthdays, and from all life’s wins to life’s unfortunate losses, social media has become a way for individuals to share, vent, celebrate, and grieve. All that sharing has the potential to be damaging—especially in personal injury lawsuits. If you have been involved in a car accident or other serious accident, it may seem like a good idea to inform your close friends and family members via social media that you are okay. You may even be tempted to use social media to keep them updated on your health status, the status of your pending lawsuit, and any bumps you hit on the road to recovery—but do not do this. Sharing any details about your injuries and the accident on social media can seriously hurt your chances of winning your case and of receiving the compensation and care you need and deserve. Social Media Accounts are Not Private Nothing on the Internet is private, despite all the passwords and protective measures we take to make sure that our information is safeguarded. Social media is one of the least private places on the Internet, and accessing information via social media is as simple as typing in a name. Insurance providers are not above using social media to gather evidence against an individual and using it to dispute their claim. If you have one or more social media accounts, be sure that the privacy settings are set as high as they can go, which means only allowing direct friends to view your profiles. Make sure that “friends of friends” cannot view your profiles, and that your profiles are blocked entirely from public view. Do not befriend anyone new that you do not personally know. Even with your account privacy settings set to high, you still want to be careful about what you post to social media. While it is human nature to put on a brave face for friends and family members, do not downplay the severity of your injuries. Even a post as innocent as informing your followers that you are doing fine could raise a red flag to insurance adjusters, making them believe that you are, in fact, fine. If you claim to have a back injury from the recent accident, do not post pictures of you rock climbing with your friends. If you claim to have an injured shoulder, do not post pictures of you splashing around in a pool or performing a triathlon. Insurance companies will look for any information that suggests you were exaggerating or flat-out lying about your claim, so do not give them any ammo by carelessly posting information about your health status or accident to social media. The best way to ensure a personal injury lawsuit victory, though, is to tell the truth. Be honest about how badly you were injured, and do not over-exaggerate or lie. Not only is lying morally wrong, but you can get into a lot of trouble for filing a fraudulent claim. Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer At Hofmann Law Offices, PLLC, our Tucson personal injury attorneys advise our clients on every aspect of their entire personal injury suit, including where, when, and with whom to share information about their case. If you have been involved in a personal injury accident in the Tucson, Arizona area, contact Hofmann Law Offices, PLLC at 520-797-1041 or online to schedule your consultation today.
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