Can Your Social Media Posts Hurt Your Accident Claim?
Social media can easily be considered one of the most useful creations of the 21st century, but it can also be considered one of the worse when it comes to your accident claim. We all want to let family and friends know how we are doing after an accident but, by doing that, you might be reducing your potential recovery. It is best to keep your social media postings to a minimum and NOT to discuss the accident.
Consider these tips before you post on social media after being involved in an accident:
– Keep Your Social Media Private: It is best to keep your social media private, especially after an accident. Insurance companies, adjusters, and defense attorneys will be checking your social media including your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to see what information you have posted that they can use against you in order to lower your potential compensation. Things can often be construed in a negative light as easy as they can be construed in a positive light. It is best to place your social media on private after an accident so the insurance company will have limited information about you.
– Do Not Post Pictures Of The Accident: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. However, the insurance company wants to use those thousand words against you. Pictures can be misinterpreted. It is best to provide pictures of the accident only to your attorney and leave them off of social media.
– Do Not Describe Your Injuries Or How You Are Feeling: Status updates such as, “I’m fine” and “I’m okay” may not actually describe how your feeling. At the time, you may feel fine or okay, but accident injuries can sometimes take a few days to manifest. However, you just posted on a public forum that you were fine and/or okay. This can place doubt as to the severity of your injuries. It is best to not post anything about your injuries or how you are feeling on social media.
– Tell Family And Friends Not To Post Accident Information: Just as you should not post pictures or a status update as to how your doing, your family and friends should not do so either. Similarly as described above, their statements could also downplay the severity of your injuries. Be sure to instruct them not to post anything about your physical condition or any photos regarding the accident.
– Do Not Post Pictures Of Physical Activity: Posting pictures of physical activity after an accident can severely hurt the value of your claim. It is tough to prove that you have suffered a life-altering physical injury if you have photos on your social media after the accident of you lifting 200 lbs. at the gym or mountain biking. Be sure to leave those photos off of your social media while you are pursuing your claim.
The General Rule
When in doubt about what to post on social media, it is best to talk to your attorney about what they suggest. At the Nicoletti Law Firm, we tell clients not to post anything about the accident or anything that may depict that they are not as hurt as they are. We are firm believers that clients should be compensated for their injuries and that a social media post should not prevent them from recovering from what they deserve. But, people can interpret posts differently so as a general rule of thumb, it is best to stay off social media until your accident claim has been finished.
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