If you are in the midst of a personal injury claim, you should know that what you post on your social media pages can have an impact on your ability to collect damages.
If you are reading this blog, then chances are high that you use some form of social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or something else. According to Pew Research Center in 2014, nearly 75 percent of Internet users are engaged with some social media platform. And while social media is incredibly useful for keeping in touch with friends, neighbors, relatives and coworkers, it can also be detrimental to your personal injury claim. But how?
When you seek damages for injuries caused by another party’s negligence, that party is going to do everything in its power to limit how much money it has to pay you. That means that the party’s attorneys will be examining every aspect of your life that they can discover. Your social media information is publicly accessible, even if you think you have it locked down. Here’s an example of how posting on social media could hurt your case.
Johnathan is involved in an accident with a semi-truck. He suffers leg injuries that he claims make him unable to coach his son’s Little League baseball team. A month or so later, his son’s team wins a big game, and while Johnathan does not take any photos of himself coaching the team, he shows up in the background of several other photos, seemingly uninjured. The trucking company’s attorneys find the photos and are able to prove in court that Johnathan was lying about the extent of his injuries, prompting a judge to reduce the amount of damages he is awarded.
This is just one example – there are tons of other ways social media posts can undermine an injury claim. If you are seeking damages from a negligent party due to injuries that party caused you, do yourself a favor – stay off Facebook.