Be careful with what you post on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google + if you’ve filed for a personal injury claim because it can affect your chances of getting compensated. Insurance companies will find every loophole they can to deny you compensation including accessing your social media accounts in search of every little bit of information that can be used against you. From a personal injury attorney point of view, you’re better off closing all your social networking accounts while your claim is ongoing. I reached out to David M. Clark, owner and founder of one of the best personal injury law firms in Michigan, for his opinion on this legal matter and he stated “I’ve had many cases where social media has cost the accident victim a large amount of money at trial. It’s best to completely avoid social media until your case is settled.” Keep in mind that insurance companies will come looking for any photos of the accident or posts that will give them a hint of how the incident occurred and who was to blame. Nonetheless, if you choose not to take down you social media accounts, the following tips will come in handy.
Change Your Profile to Private
Set all your social media accounts in a way that limits the number of people who can “search” you. Social media platforms such as Facebook have settings that allow you to filter who can search you and who cannot. Be sure to set all the privacy settings to the highest levels on each of your social media accounts. In doing so, you will make it hard for insurance companies to access any information that could hurt your personal injury claim.
Don’t Talk About the Accident
The easiest way to let out information that would prove valuable to the insurance companies it to speak about the crash. Starting a conversation about your accident on social media sites will trigger questions like, how did it happen? Who was to blame? Did you get injured? Are you taking any prescription? What about the treatment? It would be very easy for an insurance company to pick out information from such a conversation and use it to damage your claim for personal injury.
Never Talk About What Happened to You as a Result of the Accident
You might have sustained injuries that will limit your ability to carry on with your daily activities but do not discuss it on social media when your claim is being pursued. Equally, avoid talking about any activities you’ve engaged in since the accident happened even if it is in no way related to the claim. In short, do not divulge any information about what might have taken or is taking place as a result of the accident.
Take Down All Photos and Videos
Remove any pictures or videos of yourself after the injury. Also, do not post any photos of yourself until your claim comes to its conclusion. Know Who to Befriend. During such a time, you may get friend requests from strangers. Ignore and mark such requests as spam. Do not accept any friend request from a person you’re not familiar to. Avoid joining social media groups as well. At the same time, go through the list of your friends and unfriend or block anyone you can’t trust.
Yes, social media can hurt your personal claim. However, with a personal injury lawyer by your side, you can avoid some of the most common mistake people do on social media sites when they’re pursuing a personal injury claim. Be sure to contact a personal injury attorney even before you get started with your claim.