Could Social Media Affect the Outcome of My Personal Injury Case?
Millions of people across the country use social media services like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Snapchat. Social media has become an inescapable aspect of our lives. However, you should be cautious about what you are posting on your social media accounts if you have recently filed a personal injury claim.
What you say on social media could be seen by attorneys who are defending the parties you have filed a claim against. Your posts, photos and videos on social media could be used to establish a narrative that harms your case. Depending on the nature of the posts, you could even lose the chance to recover compensation. You may use the following social media tips to protect yourself during your case.
- Remain cautious: It goes without saying, but you should consider that anything you post could be seen by attorneys working for the defense. You could stay off social media while your case is active. If this is not possible, then exercise extreme caution. Even seemingly harmless photos or posts could be used to hurt your claim.
- Turn off sharing: You could be tagged by friends in posts or photos if you have sharing features turned on. These features could be disabled while your case is active. Attorneys working for the defense may be able to see shared content posts.
- Limit your social media profile’s Google presence: Your social media accounts may be found with a Google search. However, many social media platforms allow you to modify how you appear on third-party websites and search engines. Considering modifying these features to maximize your privacy.
- Be very cautious about deleting content: Spoliation of evidence is a serious offense. You could face court sanctions if you delete posts or social media accounts.
- Consult with your attorney: If you are unclear about how your social media accounts should be treated during your case, then ask your attorney for help. Your attorney is there to help your case succeed and to give you guidance that could prevent you from making mistakes.
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The merits of your case should be as strong as possible. At Barnett, Bennett & Scott, LLP, our attorneys will work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you need to recover from a wrongful injury. If you have questions about filing a personal injury lawsuit in California, then we are here to help.