According to a report by Pew Research Center, 69 percent of American adults use some form of social media. Many of us enjoy sharing the events of our lives with friends and family, but loved ones may not be the only people following you online.
Publishing Problematic Posts
If you’re involved in a personal injury or workers’ compensation case, insurance companies and defense attorneys are probably searching for your social media posts. The following are examples of posts that could be detrimental to an accident claim:
- You’re claiming to have a severe back injury that makes it difficult to stand or sit for over 10 minutes at one time. However, you Tweet about your recent visit to Six Flags, where you happily stood in multiple lines while waiting to ride roller coasters all day.
- You’re claiming to suffer from a severe shoulder injury, but you post pictures of yourself throwing a football on Facebook.
Suspend Your Social Media Accounts
While these examples are clearly problematic, even completely innocent posts may be twisted by the other side to cast doubt on the legitimacy of your claim. You may believe that you can block strangers from viewing your posts by setting your account to private, but nothing is truly private online. There are many ways to access the information in your social media accounts, and insurance adjusters will stop at nothing to gain that access. That’s why the safest approach is to suspend all of your social media accounts and ask your friends and family to avoid posting anything about you while your case is still in progress.
You Need an Attorney
Social media is a great way to connect with new friends and stay in touch with loved ones. Unfortunately, your opposition will attempt to use anything you post to their advantage and to the detriment of your claim. To protect your rights, you need professional representation. Contact Cain Law Firm by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.