If you are injured due to the negligence of another party, you will likely want to talk about it on social media for a variety of reasons. It is natural to want to rant about the accident that caused your injury, or to keep your friends and family updated on your recovery. While you may want to post on social media following an accident, it is important to refrain for a variety of reasons. Read on to learn more about how social media can negatively impact your personal injury case.
What to Know
Even if your account is private, the other party’s attorney and the insurance company will still be able to access your posts. For this reason, it is important to be extremely careful when it comes to social media. Below you will find the common ways a personal injury claim can be negatively impacted by social media.
You Might Accidentally Admit Fault
If you relay the events of the accident on social media, you may accidentally admit fault. Even a seemingly innocent remark can be seen as an admission of fault, which would harm your case.
You May Expose Important Information
The issues you discuss with your attorney remain confidential. Exposing these details on social media can give the other party access to private information regarding you and your case.
You Could Raise Questions Regarding the Legitimacy of Your Injuries
Posting photos of yourself or your activities on social media can cause some speculation. For example, if you are injured in a slip and fall accident and you hurt your knee, posting a photo taking a walk with friends can convince a defense attorney that you have exaggerated the extent of your injuries, or that you were not injured at all.
You Seem Emotionally Unaffected
An injury can take a major toll, physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally. Posting too much on social media can make you appear emotionally unaffected by your injury. It may be tempting to reassure your loved ones that you are doing well, but again, this can hurt your case.
What to Do?
The best thing to do when it comes to posting on social media after an injury is to avoid it altogether. If you do post, make sure you do not discuss your injury at all. Ask your friends and family to refrain from posting photos of you.
Contact our experienced Arizona firm
The legal team at Weintraub & Weintraub has years of experience representing clients who have been injured in accidents due to the negligence of others as well as those who are facing charges of driving under the influence. Those injured due to another party’s negligence should never have to suffer alone. If you need strong legal representation, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.