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How Can Social Media Ruin Your Personal Injury Claim?

More likely than not you are reading this blog post using a social media website such as Facebook or Twitter. In recent years, social media sites have become one of the first places insurance company investigators check following an accident. Absolutely everything you post or write on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+ or Instagram is thoroughly inspected and examined.

Recently, word has gotten out that some insurance companies are even trying to subpoena your Fitbit data to examine it following your accident to disprove any alleged injury and the possible toll it has taken on your health. Insurance companies are looking for any little advantage that will help to lessen the severity of your injury and claim.

Recently I wrote about pedestrians using cellphones while walking and the danger it poses to themselves and other drivers. Odds are that the pedestrian walking down the street not paying attention to their surroundings is indeed checking a social media site. In the same way the distraction of checking Facebook/Twitter while walking in a densely populated area caused an injury to the person viewing his/her cellphone, it could also hurt the injured parties personal injury case with what they choose to post on these sites following an accident or injury case.

Some of the advice we offer clients following an accident or injury case is to adhere to the following:

  • Stay off Facebook, Twitter and any other social media sites you frequently visit.
  • If you do go to these sites refrain from commenting on anything even remotely related to your accident. While people may have heard about your accident and check in on your well-being, it is best to discuss the matter with them in private or simply thank them for their thoughts without going into detail.
  • Don’t post or tweet anything about your daily activities following your accident. A statement as simple as, “Going for a long walk with my best friend today,” can easily be twisted around by a defense attorney or insurance company investigator to try and lessen the severity of your injuries.
  • Avoid posting videos of yourself on YouTube, Vine or Instagram, as any video evidence of your physical and mental well-being will only prove to be counterproductive in pursuing your claim. If a video is necessary, your attorney can line up an individual who can professionally document your injuries and the toll said injuries have taken on your day to day life.

As wonderful and entertaining as social media sites can be, they can also ruin your personal injury/auto accident case and cause you additional headaches. If you or a loved one was in and accident or suffered a personal injury contact your 901 and Mid-South lawyers, The Chiozza Law Firm, at 901-526-9494 for a free, confidential case evaluation. 

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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 3:32 PM
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