How Does Social Media Affect Personal Injury Claims?

We’re living in a digital world. In fact, 60% of the population (that’s 4.80 billion people) use social media. 

We’re constantly connected and while social media is a powerful tool, just like with most things in life, there are pros and cons. 

When it comes to personal injury, social media can negatively impact a person’s case.

In this blog, we explore social media’s role in personal injury law and offer tips and advice on how to protect yourself if you’re ever in an accident. 

4 Social Media Tips to Consider During a Personal Injury Case

Be mindful of your posts

We have a seemingly unlimited amount of information at our fingertips, and you likely know from your personal experience how much content we publish to the internet. 

Whether it’s post updates, photos, or videos, we’re giving people a peek into our daily lives. 

While it’s good to stay connected, in the personal injury world, this level of documentation can act as a double-edged sword.

That’s because opposing legal teams and even insurance companies can use social media to build their case against you. 

Let’s say, for example, you’ve filed a personal injury claim as a result of an automobile accident. In that time after you file a claim, you post updates of yourself biking, playing pickleball, going on a hike, and traveling. These are all physical activities that can undermine the credibility of your claims and damage your chances of winning the case. While you may still be able to try to go back to some of these activities as you get better, the insurance company will try to use this against you at a later time in an attempt to establish that you must not be injured. 

If you’re involved in a personal injury case, we encourage you to take caution about what you’re posting, especially, while your claim is ongoing. 

Privacy Settings

Building off the last post, don’t let your guard down because of privacy settings. 

Yes, you can adjust your privacy settings to limit who can see what on your social media profiles. However, social media privacy settings aren’t foolproof. 

You could share a post on your social media channels, and someone (who has access to your content) can take a screenshot and share it with others. 

It’s best to limit what and how much you post while you’re in the midst of a personal injury case. 

One small slip-up can discredit your entire injury claim.

Educate your Friends and Family

If you’re involved in a personal injury case, it’s important to have open lines of communication with the people in your inner circle including friends and family. You want them to be aware of the situation and the potential impact social media can have on your case. Communicate the importance of not posting about anything related to your accident, injuries, or recovery on social media. 

Consult your Personal Injury Lawyer

As Tampa personal injury attorneys, we provide unmatched support to our clients. Our main goal is to help you get the compensation you deserve. If you feel you have a personal injury claim, our team is your best resource. When you work with us, we’ll help you navigate the social media waters to protect you and your story..

Do you Have a Personal Injury Case? We’re Here to Help. 

At Cappy Law, our team of skilled personal injury lawyers has the experience and expertise to get you the compensation on your claim/case that you deserve. 

Contact us today and book your free case evaluation.