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Whether we use social media to stay connected with friends and family or network for business purposes, it has significantly changed the way we interact with one another. According to several studies, around two-thirds of all adults in the United States use social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.
However, social media also has its fair share of drawbacks. Oversharing and revealing too much information about yourself can have severe consequences—especially if you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit.
It is important to understand that insurance companies hire private investigators to keep tabs on those seeking compensation. They will thoroughly investigate your social media accounts to see if they encounter anything that may cast doubt on your injury.
The following are a few ways social media can harm your personal injury case:
- Contradict your injury – Posting pictures of any sort of physical activity such as hiking or running, or even photos of drinking with friends can be used to challenge the severity of your injury.
- Friends’ comments – When a friend asks you about your health by commenting on your Facebook page, it may seem harmless. However, answering these types of posts can be a trap. If you admit that “you are feeling better each day,” insurance companies can use these responses to devalue your claim.
- Devalue your noneconomic damages – Noneconomic damages include emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of activities, as well as pain and suffering. So if you post a photo of yourself on vacation, it may raise questions about the anxiety or depression you claim to be experiencing.
Our Bryan personal injury lawyers at Waltman & Grisham Attorneys at Law, we encourage those who are in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit to be careful when writing comments or posting videos online. Do not post anything related to your accident or any specific details about your case on social media. Do not allow yourself to be tagged in comments, photos, or videos posted by others. Go so far as to change your social media accounts from “public” to “private.” Always be aware of your online activity to avoid getting your claim denied or your entitled compensation reduced substantially.
If you suffered an injury caused by a negligent party in Texas, request a free consultation with our Bryan personal injury attorney at Waltman & Grisham Attorneys at Law today.