These days, the majority of people use some form of social media; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other similar platforms. They are used to share family progress and memories as well as vent about current life trials. People often turn to social media and post whatever is on their mind. But when it comes to being involved in a personal injury case, there some dos and don’ts you should be aware of concerning social media and we at Kajioka and Associates, Attorneys at Law would like share them.
Social Media Dos and Don’ts in Personal Injury Cases
– It is actually in your best to go silent on social media and avoid interacting with it at all. If you find it too hard to resist due to it being the primary way you keep in contact with your family; just be sure to never post anything on social media in regards to your case or your injury.
– If you are planning on attending any events or traveling of any kind, whether or not you are doing it under pain, do not post any information about it on social media sites as insurance companies will state that you are capable of enjoying life despite the injury.
– Insurance companies will often use any photos of you post enjoying life so never post pictures of yourself that shows you enjoying any type of activity, sport, event, or laughing, even if they are old pictures. Until your case closes, it is best not to post any photos at all.
– Inform your family and friends that are connected to your social media accounts to not discuss anything in relation to your case, injury, or even day to day life. The insurance will even routinely search through your friends and family profiles in search of evidence that can dilute the case.
– If you have any posts from prior to opening a case be sure you take the time to remove them, especially if you mentioned retaining an attorney. As soon as the attorney notifies the insurer that you are preparing to sue for compensation, they begin digging and performing research on you as soon as possible.
– Check the privacy settings and ensure they are set to the highest level on your accounts and redo not accept any new “friends” from people you do not know.
– To avoid appearing as you are trying to get revenge from your employer as opposed to seeking an injury compensation claim, do not post any type of negative information about your employer if the injury occurred at work.
– Do not post any discussions you have had with your attorney as well. Until the case is concluded, it is best to not say anything about you personally, and stick to using it as a way to see how your loved ones are doing.
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Evidence gathered from social media is just as valid in court proceedings as you making statements directly. If you are in search of a personal injury attorney, contact the experts of Kajioka and Associates, Attorneys at Law and let us set up a consultation regarding your claims.