These days, social media is everywhere, encouraging us to share the details of our everyday lives, from the mundane to the all-important milestones. While this is generally not a problem for most, it can present some legal setbacks for those who are involved in a personal injury case. Oversharing on social media can potentially rob you of your chances of obtaining the fair and just compensation you deserve.
Here are some ways in which remaining engaged in social media can negatively impact your personal injury case:
A picture is worth a thousand words: Even something as seemingly innocuous as a picture of you smiling and appearing to enjoy life can harm your case. It might be argued that your injuries are not as serious as you claim them to be. If you are seeking non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, pictures of you smiling, going on vacation, or going out with friends can derail your case. Refrain from posting pictures and ask friends and family not to tag you in any photographs.
Saying that you are fine: After an injury, people often want to reassure friends and family that they are okay, but a post that says you are doing fine might be used against you to either reduce your settlement award or to deny your claim entirely. If you want to let someone know that you are okay, tell them in person or give them a call.
The comments section: Even if you do not make a post about your accident, friends might comment on your social media profile to ask how you are feeling. Do not answer in the comment section. Answering questions regarding your injuries or accident online is basically a no-no, so once again, if someone needs to know how you are feeling, reach out to them personally rather than through social media.
Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney
At the Law Offices of Dan Davis, our experienced personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of cases, including car accidents, premises liability cases, dog bites, catastrophic injuries, and more. If you were recently injured due to someone else’s negligence, reach out to us today for the representation you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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