There are a number of reasons why you should refrain from posting on social media after an accident. To learn more, continue reading and give our skilled Middlesex County, NJ personal injury attorney a call today.
Why should I not post on social media after I file a personal injury claim?
It is important to identify that in many cases when you file a claim against someone that induced your injury, you are often negotiating with that individual’s insurance company. In most instances, an insurance company will want to get to the bottom line rather than truly helping the injured party. Because of this, insurance companies will typically observe the social media accounts of those who bring claims against them to see if they post anything that even remotely disputes their claim. For example, if you are claiming that you broke your leg due to another’s negligence, but then post a picture of you at a dance, the insurance company can use that evidence, even taken out of context to prove that “you are not hurt.” As a result of this, you should withhold from posting until your claim is resolved to ensure that no issues stop you from obtaining the compensation you need to get better.
What are the best things you can do after being injured in an accident?
- Change your accounts to private and avoid taking any new follow requests unless they are from people you know privately.
- By not doing this, you may risk accepting a request from someone from the other party trying to obtain your information.
- Withhold from posting statements or photos.
- You may accidentally admit fault if you tell the story of your accident. Even the slightest misphrase can impact your case.
- Warn your friends and family.
- You should ask that your friends and family do not post any photos of or with you.
- Avoid posting too often.
- A large aspect of your personal injury case can be your emotional suffering. By posting too much, you may seem emotionally unchanged. Also, if you reassure your friends and family that you are doing well, you are also giving the defense access to this information, which can be used to their advantage.
If you were hurt because of another’s negligence, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for your burdens. It is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to discuss your next step and to obtain more guidance on the social media world after your accident. Our legal team is committed to ensuring you obtain the compensation you need to heal.
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