Today, social media has become as much a part of our daily lives as the air we breathe. Whether it is Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, we use these platforms to stay connected with friends and family, stay updated with current events, and post about their day-to-day activities. However, social media can do more harm than good when it comes to personal injury cases.
It is common for insurance companies to enlist the professional help of private investigators to prove the legitimacy of claimants’ injuries when seeking financial compensation. These investigators keep tabs on these folks in hopes to obtain an incriminating photo or another form of evidence proving the claims are fraudulent. But with social media, investigations can be conducted simply by surfing the web.
Here are some ways social media can harm your personal injury case:
- Disprove your injury – Posting photographs or videos of physical activity, such as swimming, running, or even going out with your friends for drinks can be used against you by the insurance provider challenging the full extent of your injury.
- Conflicting comments from friends – While you may keep your mouth shut, your friends may not. Even comments from friends asking the status of your health can be traps.
- Undermine your noneconomic damages – Emotional distress, as well as pain and suffering, can be challenged by social media. For instance, if you post a picture of you enjoying your vacation, it would appear that you are not under any kind of mental anguish.
In conclusion, it is imperative to stay away from social media altogether until your personal injury case is over.