Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets have allowed us to connect with friends and family in many great ways. However, they have also become a source of damaging evidence that can cause problems in the outcome of a claim for damages you may be pursuing as a result of a car accident, slip and fall, or other injury claim. The best advice is to stop using social media during the pendency of your case. Please note this is not the same thing as deleting posts and/or other past actions. This actually could make you look more devious (i.e. Tom Brady destroying his cell phone). Rather it is simply a good idea to deactivate your accounts while making your claim.
Why stop? You can bet that the defense lawyers and the insurance companies on the other side of your case are looking at your account and photos and will use any small chance they get to use it against you in your car accident or other injury case.
You may think that as long as you are telling the truth you will be fine. However, the truth gets twisted. I have seen in prior cases that a defense lawyer takes a photo from Facebook that pre-dates your accident and makes it appear as if it was after the accident. This then leaves you to explain to a jury that is was before. Now you have to convince a jury of strangers to believe you on another issue that is just distracting from your true injuries and case.
If you decide to continue to use social media, then be very cognizant that insurance companies are monitoring your accounts. Do not accept new friend requests. Do not post photos or videos of yourself or even allow yourself to be tagged in photos by other people. Certainly do not blog or post about yourself or the other people involved in your accident.
It is very important that you talk to your lawyer about this issue when going through your case. We at Abrahamsen, Conaboy, and Abrahamsen help people every day who have been injured in car accidents, slip and falls and other instances where they have been hurt through no fault of their own. Call us today for a free consultation.