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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Potential Problems with Social Media and Your Personal Injury Case

Facebook, Instagram, and many other social media platforms have become seemingly inseparably ingrained into our everyday lives. Posting life updates and checking in on others has become second nature. We use these platforms to connect and it has, for the most part, served us well in recent years, especially with restrictions on our abilities to interact in person. When it comes to your personal injury case, however, social media can cause irreparable harm. Here, we will discuss what complications can arise when you use social media while going through the personal injury claims process.

Potential Problems with Social Media and Your Personal Injury Case

It needs to be said upfront that insurance companies should not be considered “on your side.” First and foremost, insurance companies are businesses dedicated to protecting their bottom line. This means that they will often go to great lengths to find ways to undermine the value or validity of your personal injury claim. While investigators from insurance companies have been known to follow people and take pictures of them engaging in activities that may run in controversy with claims of injuries sustained, social media has provided them with an all too valuable resource at their disposal.

Think about what you may post on social media after being injured in an accident. You may want to assuage any fears of your friends and loved ones by saying you are alright, or you only sustained minor injuries. These seemingly innocuous comments, however, may be used by insurance companies to show that you yourself claim not to have really been injured in the accident.

Perhaps you were posting about how the accident occurred and said something such as “I did not even see the other car coming towards me.” Is this an admission of liability or partial fault? Were you not paying attention to the road? Regardless of what you really meant by such a statement, an insurance company will certainly take its liberties in twisting it around to serve their own needs.

After an accident, life does go on, although it may look and feel different to an injury victim. You may want to explore getting back to some activities that bring you joy, albeit with some trepidation and restrictions due to your injuries. Even posting about your life and engaging in activities that make you happy after an accident can jeopardize your claim. There may be an unrealistic perception that accident victims, to have a truly valid claim, must be isolated at home, nursing said injuries and struggling through in solitude. Pictures of you out and about, enjoying life, participating in physical activities, will not bode well for the force of your injury claim. Whether this is right or not is not really the issue. Insurance companies will take their liberties when the door is opened on such things.

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At the Law Office of Ryan Goldstein, we know the games played by the big insurance companies and we are here to hold them accountable so that you get paid the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today.


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