Social Media and Your Personal Injury Claim
Any incriminating and destructive evidence on social media can be found by a determined personal injury attorney. Cybersecurity experts warn that anything anyone ever posts on social media accounts is up for public consumption. Making a post private does not make it truly private as any person that is your “friend” on social media could take a screenshot and then send it to anyone at any time in the future. If you have been injured, and are filing a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to receive compensation for your injuries, any Facebook posts, Instagram comments, and Twitter tweets could negatively impact your claim.
Social Media Comments
If you filed a personal injury case it is being heard by a court of law that is deserving of respect. If you post anything on social media that could be seen as disrespectful to the court, the judge, the attorneys, or the legal process, it could be used against you in your personal injury case. Never post about your legal proceeding on any social media platform.
Additionally, never post about the actual merits of your case on social media as anything you write can be used against you. If you are writing about how you are getting ready to go skydiving or hiking and trying to prove that you are permanently disabled due to someone else’s negligence, this can be used against you in your case. Make sure to never post about any aspect of your lawsuit on social media until your case has been decided by the court.
Social Media Pictures
The only thing worse than talking about your personal injury case on social media is to post pictures of yourself doing activities on social media while trying to argue a personal injury case in court. While we all know that social media pictures are not always representative of the truth as images can easily be manipulated to present a reality that is inaccurate. However, inaccurate or not, anything posted on social media can be used against you in your personal injury case.
If you claim that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence and then post pictures of yourself dancing at a party or running in a 5K, you may lose credibility or perhaps even your entire ability to bring a claim. Avoid putting anything on social media until after your personal injury case is finalized.
Never Delete Anything
If you made an error in judgment and posted something on social media that you should not have never delete your post or picture. While it may be tempting to do so, anything you ever delete can be considered by the court to be the destruction of evidence or obstruction of justice. The law is very clear on this matter regarding social media. Never delete any social media posts or pictures.
Let Us Help You Today
If you have been injured in any kind of personal injury accident never post anything on social media that could potentially have a negative impact on your case. Schedule a free initial consultation with the experienced personal injury attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices serving clients in Kingston, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Pittston at 570-821-5717 or online today. There is no fee or costs until we win your case.