Be cautious on social media if you file a personal injury claim

On Behalf of | May 16, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY - Personal Injury

Suffering an injury in a crash or another event that’s the result of another person’s negligence may lead to a personal injury claim. If you’re planning on filing a claim or have already filed one, you should be very cautious with your interactions on social media. 

One of the most important things to remember is that anything you post or say on social media could be used against you in the claim. You have to think about how things might be perceived before you post. 

What do you need to consider?

Part of a personal injury claim may hinge on you being so severely injured that you’re unable to do the things you once enjoyed. Posting things like you playing tennis or hiking could be construed as showing that you can still do those things so you aren’t as severely injured as you claim. 

You have to think about more than just what you post. You also need to pay attention to what others post and how you comment on things. Every aspect of social media can be used to show that the damages you’re claiming are higher than they should be. 

What can you do to minimize the risk of social media being used against you?

The most effective way to ensure that social media isn’t used against you is to stay off of it until your claim is settled. If you do opt to post, comment or interact in any manner, remember that you can’t erase it because people may screenshot it. This means that even if you delete something, there could still be a record of it. 

It’s a good idea to work with someone familiar with these matters so you can learn how your actions may impact your case. Ideally, you’ll do this before you think about saying anything on social media.