How Social Media Can Affect Your Personal Injury Case
Social media can be a great way to keep friends and family updated on your life. Though you might value its convenience, you should remain hypervigilant of social media if you are going through a personal injury lawsuit.
Social media is used widely by people of all backgrounds, and insurance companies and opposing parties in your lawsuit are no different. They will try to use your social media accounts against you to protect their interests. The John Mobley Law Firm has some ways to protect yourself online during your personal injury lawsuit.
Make your account private: If your profile is public, anyone can access your posts and misconstrue them to hurt your case.
Be mindful of new “friends”: It is not illegal for insurance companies or opposing parties to make social media accounts to track your posts. If you are going through a personal injury lawsuit, do not accept friend or follower requests from people you do not know.
Limit your tags and comments on other people’s posts: Just because you can control your privacy settings does not mean you dictate that for other people. If you leave comments on other accounts or are tagged in other people’s posts, there is no telling who has access to it.
Do not post things that could harm your case: If you claim a physical injury, you should not post material about working out or engaging in physical activity. If you are claiming lost wages, you should not update your social media accounts with material about work. You should never post anything about a pending lawsuit.
The best course of action might be to avoid social media altogether until your lawsuit is over. Making accounts private and monitoring your own posts is not always foolproof because the courts could order you to show your social accounts.
In this digital age, social media can make or break your lawsuit. Contact the experienced attorneys at the John Mobley Law Firm for a free consultation if you have more questions about protecting yourself online during a case.