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Everyone uses social media these days. However, if you are considering or are currently in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit, you should think carefully before posting your next selfie. If you are claiming injuries suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence or intentional acts, you are probably unknowingly sabotaging your case by sharing on social media.
Here’s what you should do instead:
Stop posting. The advice is simple, but we know that it’s easier said than done. Keep in mind, that it truly is in your best interest to refrain from posting anything related to your injuries or the accident. Many times, it might be unclear whether a picture from your daily life could become evidence against you, so to be safe, just don’t post at all until your case is resolved.
Private your page. After filing suit, there really isn’t much you can do about the posts that you’ve already made. But prior to filing suit (or as early as possible), you should private all your social media pages. Making your page private doesn’t mean that your past posts won’t be used against you, but it is a helpful step in limiting access to potentially damaging information.
One of the easiest ways for defense attorneys to discredit you and your case is to search your social media presence. Even if you believe the post is unrelated to your injuries or the accident, we strongly advise our clients to withdraw from social media for the entire duration of their case.
If you’ve been in an accident or otherwise injured by another party’s negligence, give our office a call and we’d be happy to discuss your case.