If you were injured in an accident, you have already suffered greatly because of the negligence of another person or entity. We do not want you to suffer more because of mistake you make while your accident claim is pending. Therefore, our Louisville personal injury attorneys want to take this opportunity to warn you about the dangers of posting on social media sites after being injured in an accident.
Are All Social Media Sites Dangerous?
Yes! Anything you post online is subject to being used against you in a personal injury case. Regardless of your privacy settings, someone can see what you post online. Furthermore, a good defense attorney conducts an online investigation in addition to filing a motion with the court to obtain your social media information. Below are examples of how seemingly innocent social media posts can harm your personal injury claim.
Facebook is by far the leader in social media sites with over a billion users around the world. Even though you may have your profile set to private, your friends may share posts with their friends. A simple picture of you attending your nephew’s birthday party at the bowling alley could be taken as evidence that you are not as injured as you claim. If you can go bowling (whether you bowled or just sat there), your back injury must not be as severe as you claim.
YouTube is great for watching silly cat videos or crazy clowns. However, it is also one of the most heavily searched websites on the internet. Posting a video of you dancing with your toddler can make a jury doubt your injury prevents you from working. Never mind that dancing with your toddler is not as physically taxing as building fences.
Thousands of new Twitter accounts are opened each day. Twitter has quickly become the way to let everyone know what you think and what you are doing. Consider what might happen if you post an update about your car accident and your friend comments that he is not surprised you were in a wreck since you are a terrible driver. A defense attorney would love to put this evidence in front of a jury.
Foursquare tracks your location so you can “check-in” to broadcast where you are at any given moment. During your personal injury case, you do not want to broadcast your whereabouts. For example, if you are claiming you have whiplash, checking-in at an amusement park would not be the wisest decision on your part.
Can I Post Anything On Social Media Sites During My Personal Injury Case?
We recommend avoiding using social media sites during your case. However, if you choose to continue posting information online, follow these guidelines:
- Increase security settings on all social media sites to the highest level
- Don’t accept friend requests from anyone you do not know personally because it could be a defense attorney or an insurance investigator
- Change passwords every 30 days — always use a strong password including numbers, letters, uppercase letters, and symbols
- Never post anything about your accident, your injuries, your recovery, or your accident claim
- Google yourself and report anything you find to your attorney
- Tell friends and family to stop posting anything about you or tagging you in any posts
Call a Louisville Personal Injury Attorney
If you are injured in an accident, our Louisville personal injury lawyers want to help. Contact our office as soon as possible, so we can begin protecting your right to a fair and full settlement.
Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form. We offer free legal consultations with experienced Louisville accident attorneys.