If you were injured in an accident and chose to file a personal injury claim as a result, you must understand the implications of posting on social media during this time. Read on to understand why posting on social media will hurt your claim and how a seasoned Buffalo, New York personal injury attorney of Ramos & Ramos can provide useful legal guidance.
Why will posting on social media hurt my personal injury claim?
Firstly, you must be made aware that everything revolving around your social media accounts is readily public to the defense attorney or even the insurance company handling your claim.
For one, the defense attorney can use information that you post on social media against you in their argument. Such information from posts, pictures, videos, tagged locations, check-in locations, tagged photos, etc., might be used to defend that you are not as badly injured as you expressed in your claim. Or, it might be used to defend that you are having a good time when you claimed that you lost your quality of life after the accident.
Secondly, the insurance company can use this same information to minimize your payout or deny your claim entirely. So, to limit or mitigate your risk, it is best to remain inactive during your claims process.
What social media tips should I follow during my personal injury claim?
All in all, it is in your best interest to follow the below social media tips during your claims process:
- Do not post about any injuries: any posts about your injuries or medical care could provide your insurance company with too much information to use against you. This could also be an issue if you are not following the doctor’s recommendations.
- Do not post about the accident: any posts about the accident before an investigation could result in misinformation or you accidentally incriminating yourself.
- Do not post any photos, videos, or tags of any location or other people: any signs of vacations or fun activities could damage your claim, as it insinuates that you are able to enjoy life despite your injuries.
- Ask your family or friends to not post anything about you or with you: the defense attorney and the insurance company may investigate these social media accounts, as well.
- Temporarily freeze or halt your accounts: at the very least, you should set your accounts to private.
For more information, contact a skilled Buffalo personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
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