Attorneys typically recommend that their clients do not talk about their personal injury case publicly, as it could negatively affect the outcome of the case. Never before has that advice been more important. Social media has made it possible to broadcast every aspect of your life to anyone interested in following along without a second thought, and sometimes that can have dramatic consequences. The past couple of weeks have been filled with headline news stories about people’s social media sharing becoming evidence in legal cases. Publicly shared social media posts can also be used as evidence against you in personal injury cases.
Whether it is a Facebook post, Instagram story, Twitter tweet, Twitch livestream, YouTube video, Yelp check-in, or even a TikTok dance, if it can be seen, it can be harmful. Insurance companies could scour your social media for any evidence they can use to dispute liability or undermine the severity of your injuries. You may think we mentioned a TikTok dance just to be funny, but if you are claiming a soft-tissue injury to your back and the insurance company discovers a video of you absolutely nailing that Blinding Lights dance challenge just after your injury, they will have questions.
Most of us do not have a thousand followers, let alone a million followers, but if your social media is set to public, it can and will be seen by insurance companies researching your personal injury claim. The more data and information you share the more damage you could do to the value of your claim, especially if the content of your posts/stories discuss/show your injury. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth recommends against every sharing anything publicly that could negatively impact your case, including that TikTok dance. Keeping your private life private can increase the value of your personal injury case.
If you have been injured in an auto accident or suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can help you seek medical attention for your injuries, funds to repair your vehicle, recover lost wages, and seek compensation for your pain and suffering. Speak with one of our personal injury experts today – all initial consultations are free of charge – by calling 888-517-9888. We’re on your side, all the way.