In today’s society, social media has become an important part of
our daily lives. Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat
enables us to stay connected with friends and family, remain updated on
current events, and share your experiences with the rest of the world.
If you are involved in a
personal injury case, however, sharing any information related to your injury could harm
your claim. Since insurance companies hire private investigators to keep
an eye out for any suspicious activity conducted by those seeking compensation,
they will thoroughly research claimants’ social media accounts to
find any inconsistencies that may cast doubt on the injuries of victims.
The following are several ways social media can harm your personal injury claim:
“I’m fine” posts – After an accident, people will typically report their status on
social media to let their followers know that they are okay. However,
insurance companies may view these posts as a sign that your injuries
are not as serious as you have claimed, causing them to either reduce
your final settlement or deny your claim entirely.
Comments – While comments from friends—asking how you are feeling—may
appear innocent, but answering them can put your claim in jeopardy.
Pictures and tags – Whether you are on vacation or attending a concert, it is natural
to share your experiences on social media. But if you are seeking non-economic
damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress, posting a
picture or tagging yourself in an event may appear like you are not experiencing
any suffering from your injury.
So if you are in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit, try your best
to stay away from social media until the case is resolved. Furthermore,
ask your friends and family to stop tagging you in posts.
If you have suffered an injury caused by a negligent party in Indiana,
free consultation with our South Bend personal injury lawyers at
Wruble Law Group today.