If you have been injured in an accident, it can be tempting to post on social media. But, it is important to avoid doing so at all costs. Read on to learn more.
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may suffer from damages like lost wages, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more. In this case, you may deserve compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to take legal action. Unfortunately, posting on social media can impact your ability to recover the compensation you need and deserve to heal.
Consequences of posting on social media:
- Admission of fault
- If you detail the events of your accident, you may accidentally admit fault, even if you were not to blame. Your words can easily be twisted and used against you.
- Emotionally Unaffected
- An injury affects you emotionally as well as physically. If you post on social media reassuring your friends and family that you are doing well, you are also letting the defense attorney and other party know you are doing well. This can be used to offer you less compensation.
- Loss of confidentiality
- The topics you and your attorney discuss remain confidential. If you post about them, you risk giving the other side access to important information that should be kept private.
- Exaggeration of injury
- A defense attorney may attempt to use your social media to try and prove that you have not been severely injured. For example, if you claim to experience neck pain when turning your head, and then you post a photo of yourself driving a car, an attorney could argue that you have exaggerated your pain and it has not actually impacted you and your everyday life.
If you have any questions or concerns about the dos and dont’s of posting on social media after an accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.
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