Social Media – How Facebook and other social media sites can ruin your personal injury case!
You have recently been in a motor vehicle accident and have complained of severe neck pain as a result of the accident. A friend has just invited you to go water-skiing at the lake. You know your neck has been feeling better so you think, why not? Throughout your day at the lake, you and your friend take a number of pictures (including several of you on the lake water-skiing) and post them on Facebook.
Facebook has over 1 billion users. Instagram has over 100 million. Twitter has over 900 million users. Social media is never truly private. Before you know it, the picture of you water skiing at the lake is in the defense attorney’s hand. You claim neck pain but the pictures say otherwise!!
The best advice to give to avoid this is to stop using social media entirely while you are involved in pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. If you can’t resist the urge, here are a couple tips for avoiding the social media trap:
1) Do not post anything about your accident. This includes information about your injuries, the defendant and what is going on with the case.
2) Check your privacy settings on all of your social media accounts. Privacy settings through the various sites change quite frequently. It is important to check on them and make sure it is as private as possible.
3) Tell your friends to be careful about posting on your pages, tagging you, etc. Defense lawyers can and will use everything they can find!
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, call The David Law Firm (843-488-1415) today to get the legal help and protections your family deserves.