These days, it seems like anyone and everyone is on at least one form of social media. In fact, most of us use multiple social media platforms. On these platforms, people post pictures, videos, status updates, and more, and, sometimes, this information can cause problems with personal injury claims. Even if you think that your social media accounts are as private as can be, you’ll want to read on to ensure you’re not setting your personal injury claim up for failure via Facebook, Twitter, or some other social media site.
Pictures or Statuses Related to Activities
To start off with, one way that social media could hurt your claim is if there are pictures, videos, statuses, or other information on these sites involving you engaging in an activity that you shouldn’t be able to engage in given your injury.
If you’ve hurt your back, for example, and there are videos of you doing yoga, this could be used against you. Even if you were only doing yoga to try and alleviate the back pain or were simply having a day where the pain wasn’t as bad as usual, those opposing your claim can “spin” this information to make you look bad and to make you look like you’re lying.
The safest bet is to stay off social media until your claim has been approved and granted, but if you can’t do that, be mindful and careful about the things you post (and that your friends post!) and how this information may look and be construed by others.
Information about Past Injuries
Another way that social media could hurt you is if your social media contains information about past injuries you may have sustained. Even if it’s untrue, those opposing your claim can use this information to make it look as through your injury was pre-existing or is related to a pre-existing injury and is not their fault.
If you’ve ever posted information about injuries on your social media before, comb through those old posts (and any posts friends may have made) and get rid of them right away.
A Little “Help” From Your Enemies
Finally, remember that not everybody is your friend. If you have enemies out there, and most of us do, and they are aware of your personal injury claim, they may try to provide information from your social media accounts that could keep you from getting this claim. This information might be misconstrued or just plain untrue, but it can and does happen, so be careful!
For best results, in addition to being careful, share your social media profiles with your own attorney. That way, together, you can eliminate any information or media that could negatively impact your personal injury claim in this digital world.