4 Ways Social Media Can Ruin Your Personal Injury Claim

Social media is a major aspect of our lives. It is common to keep our loved ones updated via our social media accounts. In the event of an injury, you likely wish to keep your friends and family in the loop. While this may seem harmless, posting about your injury on social media can have major consequences. Read on to learn about the four main ways social media can harm your personal injury claim.

  • Admission of Fault
    • If you post about your accident on social media, your comments may be misconstrued as an admission of fault. Even the briefest and seemingly innocent statements may be interpreted as an admission of fault, which would seriously hurt your case.
  • Confidentiality
    • Discussing your injury on social media gives the defense access to information that should remain between just you and your attorney.
  • You’re not Hurt Physically
    • If you claim to have been injured, but you post photos of yourself out and about, the defense may claim that you are not as injured as you say, or even injured at all. For this reason, you should not post any photos of yourself after your injury, photos of your healing process, or photos that involve any activities.
  • You Haven’t Been Impacted Emotionally
    • You may wish to reassure your friends and family that you are doing okay after your injury, but posts like this can convince the defense that you have not been mentally or emotionally impacted by your injury. An injury can have large impacts, mentally, emotionally, and physically, and social media can easily discredit the extent of these burdens.

What Can You Do?

It is important to be aware that even if your account is set to private, defense attorneys and insurance companies can still access your information. For this reason, you should avoid posting on social media at all. If you do post on social media, do not discuss your injury, and do not post any photos of yourself or any activities you partake in. Additionally, you should warn your friends and family to avoid posting any photos of you.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney for help. If you have any questions regarding social media and your personal injury case, do not hesitate to contact our firm.


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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