How Social Media can affect your personal injury claim

February 19, 2019

Social media has become a core part of everyday life. The statistics on usage are staggering. A snapshot of data compiled by Pew Research Center shows:

Facebook remains the most widely used adult social media platform at 68% and spans across a wide range of demographic groups.

Young adult usage of social media is even higher. Some 88% of 18-29 year olds indicate that they use some form of social media.

74% of Facebook users visit the site daily.

It is common for people to turn to social media to post about major events that have effected their lives. This is often the case when someone has experienced a significant event like an automobile accident or injury. And while it is understandable, it’s imperative to know the consequences of posting about a serious accident or injury.

Anything posted to social media can be used against you during your personal injury case. For example, if you are in a car accident and seeking compensation for injuries that have left you with reduced mobility and strength, a Facebook post with you and your family participating in a Tough Mudder competition could do significant damage to your case. Insurance companies regularly troll social media pages hoping to find damaging posts to discredit your case.

You may have thought that your post was harmless, but the insurance company will do everything in their power to attempt to portray you as someone who is dishonest, or exaggerating their injuries. The safest thing to do is take a break from social media and avoid posting all together until your case is concluded. If you have questions about how to proceed in your case, please contact us at Spinner Law Firm – Injury Attorneys. Our team of experienced attorneys and staff will work with you to get you the compensation you deserve.

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