Social media can hurt your personal injury claim

Social media can hurt your personal injury claim

Social media has become a huge part of our lives, and it’s easy to share every aspect of our day with friends and family online. But if you’re involved in a personal injury claim, you need to be careful.

A claimant’s online activities have damaged many claims. Here’s how to avoid it from happening to you.

The other side wants to undermine your credibility

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you must be careful about what you say on social media. Insurance companies often hire investigators to look for evidence that could undermine a personal injury claim. Even if your privacy settings are set to “friends only,” it’s possible for the information to be shared with the wrong people. And once something is posted online, it’s there forever.

Here are four things to avoid sharing on social media:

  1. Photos or videos of the accident or injury: These can be used as evidence that the accident or injury was not as severe as you claim.
  2. Updates on your medical treatment or prognosis: If you are posting about your recovery, the insurance company may argue that you are not as injured as you claim to be.
  3. Comments about your case or the other party involved: Anything you say on social media can be used against you, so it is best to avoid saying anything about your case.
  4. Photos or videos of yourself engaging in activities that could be seen as contradicting your injuries: For example, even photos of you smiling or laughing at a family gathering could be used to try to cast doubt that you were in pain.

So, when it comes to social media and personal injury claims – less is more. Be especially careful about friending or accepting friend requests from people you don’t know. Insurance companies will go to great lengths to obtain information that could damage your claim.

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