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

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

Anything you post on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites can easily be misinterpreted by adjusters, opposing counsel, and misrepresented to a judge or jury. For questions about using social media during your personal injury lawsuit, contact your attorney at The Fran Haasch Law Group.

How Can Social Media Use Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim?

The insurance company will likely investigate you after filing a personal injury claim. They want to find anything they can use to deny or minimize your claim. One of the ways they may do this is by looking at your social media accounts. So, it is important to be aware of what you post online and how it could potentially impact your case.

To play it safe, let’s look at some important dos and don’ts of social media etiquette during your case:

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Don’t: Make Your Accounts Public

While it may be tempting to make your social media accounts public so that everyone can see what you’re up to, this is a huge mistake if you are pursuing a personal injury claim. Remember, anything you post online can be used against you in court. So, if you make your accounts public, you are giving the insurance company free rein to snoop around and find anything they can use against you.

Do: Be Careful What You Post

Even if you keep your social media accounts private, you should still be careful about what you post online. Remember, nothing is truly private on the internet. So, even if your account is set to “private,” there is always a chance that your social media posts could be shared with others.

Don’t: Accept Friend Request From Strangers

One of the worst things you can do is accept a friend request from someone you don’t know. Remember, insurance companies and defense attorneys will go to great lengths to snoop around and find dirt on you. If you accept a friend request from someone you don’t know, there’s a good chance that person could be working for the insurance company.

Do: Limit Your Social Media Use

Even if you are careful about what you post, it is still a good idea to limit your social media use while pursuing a car accident claim.

Don’t: Discuss Your Case Online

It is important to avoid discussing your case online. This includes both discussing the details of your accident and your injuries. Additionally, you should avoid posting about anything related to your car accident injury claim. If you discuss your case online, there is a good chance that this information will be used against you in court.

Do: Monitor Your Accounts Closely

Monitor your accounts closely. This way, you can catch any mistakes you make and avoid making them in the future. Additionally, monitoring your accounts closely will help you spot any attempts by insurance companies to snoop around or contact you directly.

Don’t: Delete Previous Posts

Avoid deleting previous posts. This is because insurance companies may try to use your deleted posts against you in court. So, even if you delete a post, there is a chance that it could still be used against you.

Do: Monitor Your Texts and Emails

In addition to monitoring your social media, you should also be careful about what you say in text messages and emails. Remember, anything you say can be used against you in court. So, if you are discussing your case with anyone, make sure to do so in a private setting and never write down anything you wouldn’t want to be read aloud in court.

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Don’t: Minimize Your Injuries

Even if you feel better, it is important to avoid minimizing your injuries online. Remember, anything you post can be used against you in court. So, if you post about your injury or accident, make sure not to downplay the severity of your injuries.

Do: Take a Break From Social Media

If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to take a break from social media. This will allow you to focus on your recovery and avoid making any mistakes that could jeopardize your case. Additionally, it is important to seek help from a personal injury attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights.

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: Use Your Social Media for Networking

Even if you are careful about what you post online, you should still avoid using your social media for networking purposes. This is because insurance companies may try to contact your friends and family members in an attempt to get information about you. So, it is best to avoid networking on social media altogether.

Do: Seek Help From a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to seek help from a personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. Additionally, an attorney can help you understand the dos and don’ts of using social media networks and how to avoid making mistakes that could jeopardize your case.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

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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.

At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we are committed to fighting for your fair recovery. We strive to help injured individuals and the loved ones of those wrongfully killed secure the full, fair recovery they are owed. We offer dedicated legal representation for accident victims in various personal injury cases.Our attorneys are prepared to help you navigate the legal process and work toward securing the maximum compensation you are owed. To work with an attorney who understands the modern world and truly has your best interest at heart, call (727) 784-8191 or contact us online to get started on receiving maximum compensation for your personal injury case.

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