If you’ve been hurt in an accident and you are seeking compensation through a personal injury claim, it is important to be careful of what you share on social media. The other party’s insurance company will likely seek to deny or diminish your claim by scouring your social media profiles for evidence that proves you were to blame or are not as hurt as you claim.
What you post or what your family posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media platforms can affect your case, so be extremely cautious and limit your social media activity as much as possible. To discuss your case and learn more about how social media can impact your personal injury claim, contact the skilled Gainesville accident attorneys of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano P.A. today.
Why Do Social Media Posts Matter in a Personal Injury Claim?
Keep in mind that what you share on social media is not private, no matter how secure your settings are. While updating your status might be a part of your everyday life, a seemingly innocuous post could have a significant impact on your case.
Social media posts can be used as evidence against you, especially if:
- You take responsibility for the accident or imply that you were negligent in some way.
- You claim to be hurt, but your social media posts imply something different. (For example, you claim that you are seriously injured, but a social media post shows you dancing at a party, playing a sport, or participating in other physical activity.)
- You are seeking compensation for mental anguish, but your social media feed shows you out with friends and family acting cheerful and happy.
What Not to Post on Social Media
As a general rule, you should refrain from all social media usage for the duration of your case. You specifically should not:
- Post details about your case, especially the accident itself and your injuries
- Post any photos or videos of your accident, your injuries, or anything about the case
- Respond to comments made by others about your case
Remember to also tell your family members not to share information or post details about your case on their social media profiles. Investigators for the other side will not just review your accounts, they’ll also examine the accounts of those close to you.
Tips to Consider When Posting
If you must post to social media, be sure to remember these tips:
- Be a “selective sharer.” Only post things that will have no impact on your case.
- Consider how your post might affect your claim and err on the side of caution.
- Be careful where you click. Even “liking” comments made by other people and other seemingly innocent activity on social media could be used against you.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Gainesville Now
If you’ve been hurt in an accident, it is crucial to have experienced legal counsel to help you avoid common pitfalls that could derail your injury claim. The Gainesville accident lawyers of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano P.A. are committed to helping our clients every step of the way, and we will help you protect your claim and pursue the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Contact us at (352) 275-5974 to set up a free consultation on your case.
In 1980, Jack J. Fine founded the law firm now known as Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, they are a well-respected personal injury law firm providing individualized service to people and families across Gainesville who have been harmed due to the negligence of others.