How Social Media Can Actually Harm Your Personal Injury Case
Posted on December 11, 2018
Every day, we log onto our social media accounts so that we can check out what is happening in the outside world around us. However, there are some occasions in which social media can cause more harm than it can do good. In fact, there are many pitfalls when it comes to social media, especially for those who are in the midst of a personal injury case.
Unfortunately, many attorneys will tell you that social media has become an insurance adjuster’s best friend when it comes to finding out valuable information on the person who claims that they are injured. The adjuster and others involved in your case might try to find out information about your daily habits, photographs of you and your family, your whereabouts, your job, and more. And, all too often, we find out that social media is not as private as we would like it to be. Today we want to focus on how social media can actually harm your case and keep you from receiving the compensation you deserve during one of the most difficult aspects of your life.
The Harm That Social Media Can Cause
When you are trying to prove that you suffered very real injuries and that the harm has a huge impact on your life, you want to ensure that you are taken seriously. Unfortunately, social media can keep this from happening. One example would be if you claimed that you have received a serious injury that keeps you from standing at work, and so you have lost your job. However, the insurance adjuster then turns around and finds out, through social media, that you have been hiking and adventuring with friends on vacation and that you are clearly able to engage in many activities just fine. You want to judge to perceive your pain and suffering in a certain way if you have been experiencing it, and this means that you want to protect your rights. You should always avoid over-sharing on social media at this time.
The insurance adjusters in your case will do whatever it takes to twist your experience and make it look as bad as possible so that the other party or company does not have to pay out. Experienced attorneys understand that you can cut the value of your claim if you post positive things online following an accident, which is why they might tell you one thing for certain: “One of the best ways to gain the compensation you deserve is to refrain from social media while you are going through a personal injury claim.”
Your case will be a matter of public scrutiny in some cases, which is why you want to ensure that you are keeping many private matters to yourself at this time. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we have your best interests at heart after you have been injured in a serious accident. It is important that you move forward with the experienced help of an attorney at this time. Contact us to find out what we can do for you when you need us most at 304-431-4050. We are waiting to hear from you.
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Disclaimer: Our intent with these posts is to honor the victims of these terrible accidents and inform the public about how to avoid these accidents and what to do in the event of one. This information should not be considered legal or medical advice.