If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustain injuries, you may know that you have a right to be compensated for your injuries and other losses. What you may not realize is how your social media use can affect your claim. You may be surprised at the impact.
An experienced personal injury lawyer typically will tell you to avoid discussing your case with others. In today’s high-tech world, this definitely includes discussing your case on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snap Chat, Instagram, or just about any other public form of media, where your statements, photos or other remarks could some way be obtained by someone you don’t want to see them.
Insurance companies are in the business of making big profits. This means they look for any possible reason to deny claims or reduce the value of claims. In light of that, here are some social media tips you should follow after a car wreck:
Go Private with Your Social Media Accounts
If you have any social media accounts, make sure they are as private as you can make them. Lock them down. No one outside of your closest friends and family should be able to see your posts. With that said, you should still refrain from posting anything until your case is resolved.
In some cases, insurance adjusters may send a “friend” request. For this reason, you should never accept a friend request from someone you don’t know. Also, ask your friends not to accept requests from unknown people
What You Can and Should Not Post on Social Media
Exercising a little social media safety can go a long way. If you simply cannot resist social media, then you need to make sure that you avoid posting:
- Photos of vacations or activities or anything that shows you having a great time
- Videos of you working out or engaging in physical work or activities
- Comments about the accident
- Comments about your damaged vehicle
- Comments about your medical care
- Comments about insurance coverage.
In all honesty, the only safe thing to post after a car accident is something that deals with a pet or other topic which is completely unrelated to your accident, injuries and legal case. The problem is that an insurance company may use anything you post, take it out of context and try to use it against you.
If you don’t think your picture from Saturday, lying on the beach, is incriminating, you need to think again. Insurance companies will ignore the fact that you may have been in excruciating pain and taking strong pain medications just to enjoy an hour with your children that day. Instead, all the jury will see is you in a bathing suit, at the beach and smiling, just days or weeks after the crash.
The photo could undermine your claim that you have suffered serious injuries. This illustrates why it may be a good idea to simply skip social media altogether until your case is concluded.
Cain Law Office Can Help You Today
If you have been injured in a car accident in Oklahoma City or the surrounding areas, contact Cain Law Office for a free consultation. We will never charge a fee unless we can successfully recover compensation in your personal injury claim. Time is limited to protect your right to compensation. So, call today.