In this technology age, posting about all aspects of our lives on social media can come as second nature. Most times, you may not even think twice about what you are sharing, especially if you think your audience is limited to friends and family. Unfortunately, what you put out on the internet can have wide reaching effects, especially if you are in the midst of a personal injury claim. Insurance companies are looking for any way to undermine your claim and they have found a very effective investigative tool in social media sites. Learn about how using social media can hurt your personal injury case and how you can protect yourself. Talk to Attorney Michael LoGiudice about how to most effectively pursue and preserve your personal injury case so you get the full and fair compensation you deserve.
How Can Social Media Hurt My Personal Injury Case?
Without even knowing if, what you post on social media may give an insurance company the support they need to dispute essential elements of your person injury claim, such as:
• The extent of your injuries;
• How you got your injuries; and
• Whether you were at fault or contributed to causing your injuries.
The injuries you are claiming in your claim may be challenged by the insurance company pointing to social media posts regarding how you are feeling or your health or wellbeing. It may also be challenged by using things like your posts about activities you have been involved in since the accident caused your injuries. A harmless hiking outing that you posted about could lead to the insurance company pointing to the fact that you are still able to participate in physical activities that are contradictory to the injuries you are claiming. This may seem completely unfair and inaccurate. We all have to move on with life and deal with pains and injuries sometimes. You do not want to have to stop living and enjoying life because of a personal injury claim. This is all true, but an insurance company will still use these posts to undermine the truth of your claims and they can be convincing when presented to a jury.
Posts about the accident that appear innocent such as commenting on how the accident occurred when you were tired and driving home from work can also come back to hurt your claim. An insurance company may present this post as proof that you contributed to or were the direct cause of the accident because you were tired while driving. With all of the ways our words can be twisted and turned, the best policy is often to completely avoid posting on social media while your personal injury claim is pending, or at least to post at a very minimum. You may also want to:
• Consider that nothing you post on social media will be kept private;
• Discourage your friends and family from commenting on your injuries, the incident that led to your injuries, or your claim;
• Change the privacy settings to all of your social media accounts to the most stringent levels;
• Turn of geolocation for your social media posts; and
• Never accept friend requests from people you do not know.
Fighting the Insurance Companies to Make Sure You Get the Compensation You Are Legally Entitled to.
Insurance companies are all about their bottom line. Do not give them a chance to unfairly undermine your personal injury claim. They will take every opportunity to dispute your claim. Attorney Michael LoGiudice stands up to the big insurance companies to make sure they pay you what you are due for your injuries. He will not back down from a fight.