Did you know that authorities and attorneys can use your social media as evidence? Social media is extremely prevalent in today’s society. In fact, it is so omnipresent that it invades almost every aspect of our lives. When it comes to personal injury cases, this is no exception. Quite often, any information that is posted publicly on social media is, or can be, brought up in court, and has the potential to disrupt your ability to receive compensation for your claim. If you have an ongoing personal injury case, be sure to follow these tips to help avoid anyone using your social media as evidence.
Step 1: Don’t post information about your injuries.
We all like to give people the scoop, spill the tea, spread the word, or whatever you want to call it. However, sharing information about your injuries or accident on social media can be potentially threatening to your case. If inconsistencies occur in the details that you disclose, they can be used to disprove your claim.
Step 2: Be careful what pictures you share of yourself.
Personal injury cases have the potential to extend over several weeks, months, and sometimes longer. Realistically, during this period of time, you’re likely to go out to dinner with your friends, participate in family outings, and more. Posting excessive amounts of pictures from these happenings, however, may make it seem as if you are not as injured as you are claiming to be, and can lead to a fraudulent claim case, or at least lower compensation for you.
Step 3: Don’t accept random friend requests.
If you don’t know them, don’t add them. Sticking to this rule throughout the duration of your personal injury case can prevent you a tremendous headache. This eliminates the threat of someone gathering information against you in your own case.
Step 4: Adjust and ensure your privacy.
Along the same lines as Step 3, limit who has access to what you post on social media. If your profiles are public, adjust them to only be accessible to those you have approved as friends and followers.
Step 5: See what other information is out there.
Last but certainly not least, do a quick Google search on yourself. Typically, this will result in pulling up your social media accounts, which should all be turned to private by now, however, sometimes you can come across public accounts you may have forgotten about, or other information that is publicly accessible. By seeing what other information is out there, you can be proactive in protecting yourself against it.
If you have a personal injury case and need the assistance of exceptional attorneys, contact us today! Every client matters to us, and aim to get you the full compensation that you deserve by making sure no one uses your social media as evidence!