Social Media: Do’s and Don’ts During Your Personal Injury Case

We’ve all heard the cliché, “looks can be deceiving.” Nowhere is this more pertinent than on social media. The way we portray ourselves online can differ vastly from our day-to-day reality. Normally, this difference isn’t a big deal, but when you are under the microscope, it can compromise your entire case.

This is why you have to be careful with social media during the pendency of your personal injury case.

Anything you post can easily be misinterpreted by adjusters, opposing counsel, and misrepresented to a judge or jury.

To play it safe, let’s look at some important do’s and don’ts:

  • DO: Deactivate your social media accounts if possible, in order to prevent further posting/tagging. However, it is important to preserve any of the information/photos that were previously posted.
  • DO: Enable the highest privacy settings on all your online platforms
  • DO: Monitor your “mentions” and ask friends not to tag you
  • DON’T: Make your accounts public
  • DON’T: Accept friend requests from people you don’t know
  • DON’T: Use your social media for networking during this time
  • DON’T: Discuss your case online

In today’s landscape, anything you post, or appear in online can be used as evidence against you. For example, if you post a photo of yourself enjoying an activity, it can be used to diminish the severity of your injury.

The #1 Rule

Even emails and text messages can be admitted as evidence, so the number one rule of a personal injury case is:

Never write down ANYTHING you wouldn’t want to be read aloud in court.

Final Take-Away

A short break from social media and technology doesn’t have to be all bad, and it could make or break your case.

Don’t blow your case for a text or tweet.

For questions about social media, contact your attorney at The Fran Haasch Law Group.

These valuable do’s and don’ts come from the desk of Fran Haasch herself, and all our clients must agree to our social media policy before we represent them.

To work with an attorney who understands the modern world and truly has your best interest at heart, call us at (727) 784-8191 or request a free case evaluation online.

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