Anything-and we mean anything-you post to social media could be used against you during your personal injury case. In your lawsuit, evidence is the key. And nothing provides more photo and video evidence than social media channels like Facebook and Instagram. Insurance companies will be looking at your social media channels – and those who may tag you – to find ways to prove that your injuries are not as severe as you claim. John Castro, a Tampa personal injury lawyer, shares best practices to keep social media from being used against you in a personal injury case.
If you’re in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit following a car, motorcycle, or other type of accident, you need to make sure you’re protecting yourself, especially on social media. Insurance adjusters, insurance investigators, and opposing attorneys can simply Google your information and use any social media posts, pictures, or video found online against you and your case!
How Social Media Can Be Used in Your Personal Injury Case
For example, Bill is injured in a car accident and claims his quality of life has been diminished due to trauma and injuries. Several weeks after the crash, he’s tagged in a picture at his brother’s wedding, where he’s smiling in the photo and standing on the edge of the dance floor. The insurance company finds this photo and presents it as evidence that his claims are not as severe as Bill has claimed. Even though the event was a once-in-a-lifetime wedding that Bill forced himself to attend, and the photo doesn’t show that he had been sitting all night, that one photo can create doubt for his personal injury accident claims.
Comments that people make on your posts such as; ‘glad to see you’re feeling better’ or ‘can’t believe how much fun we had dancing last night’ can also quickly be entered as evidence against you in court to reduce your compensation.
As you can see, there are many ways that social media can impact the outcome of your personal injury case. If you have questions about your social media activity and how it can affect your personal injury case, contact the experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys at Anton Castro Law.
Social Media Tips for Personal Injury Cases
Ideally, you should stop using social media altogether until your case is settled. Otherwise, use these tips to avoid complicating your Tampa, FL personal injury case due to social media:
- Don’t post about your injuries, recovery, or accident details.
- Set your privacy settings to the highest level.
- Don’t accept any new friends or followers until your case is settled.
- Be very selective about posting any new photos of yourself.
- Consult with your personal injury lawyer about whether you can delete or modify past posts.
- Remind family and friends to not comment on your profiles, mention you in social posts, tag you in photos, or share (post/tweet) about your accident or recovery.
- Do a Google search on yourself to see what images come up.
- Ask a lawyer before disabling geo-location on mobile apps.
Although social media is an integral part of American life, for accident victims working with a personal injury lawyer, social media poses great risks to your settlement. Remember: insurance defense lawyers may use your or your friend’s social media posts against you. It’s highly important that you speak with your attorney about all your social media accounts and follow their advice on making changes.
If you have questions about how social media activity may affect your Florida personal injury case, contact John Castro at Anton Castro Law in Tampa today to discuss how our experienced personal injury attorneys can help make sure you’re protected and get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.