One of the really interesting things about the personal injury cases we handle in Scranton is that victims often do not understand the fact that defending lawyers can so easily go online to check Facebook profiles, just like profiles on all other social sites. So many are fascinated with sharing their personal life on the internet. Lawyers understand this and can take advantage of what you post on social networks.
What you might not be aware of is that defendant lawyers actually check social media profiles early in their investigation. This is one of the first things to do because so many of those that file personal injury claims make mistakes and share things they should not.
The huge problem is that the statements you provide on the internet can prove the fact that you did or do something you should not. You might even end up showing people how you played a part in the accident, all without even realizing that you did this. Insurance companies can easily use your statements to deny you a personal injury claim and investigators will use absolutely all tricks in the book to help the carriers.
Misdirection And Misleading Statements
When you survive an accident in which you or someone you love was injured, what you write on the internet can provide some details that could look like they are misleading the damage that was caused.
In many cases, you do not want to plague your friends and family with the actual details of the accident. This is why you might play things down on social media. Those posts you make can then be used by the insurance companies to prove that you did not suffer injuries that were as serious as you initially declared. Also, some other statements you make might be used to create doubt as to what actually happened.
What Should You Do?
If you were involved in an accident and were injured because of the actions of someone else, the most important thing at the end of the day is always to get treated. Then, you need to hire a personal injury attorney that is capable of offering you advice about what you should do to make your claim a success.
When it comes to social media, the best rule of thumb to respect is to simply not post anything. This is a lot better than posting something that could incriminate you later. If you do want to post something, make sure it is approved by your attorney.
Do not blindly believe that you can simply use Facebook’s privacy settings to hide messages so that other people do not see it except your friends and family. This is not something that works. Lawyers are masters at finding information. Once you posted something on the internet, there is a very good possibility they will find it.
Always respect what your personal injury attorney tells you and be sure that you do not post something on social media without their approval. This is actually the best possible way to protect yourself from making the mistake of saying something that will hurt your case.