How Social Media Can Destroy Your Personal Injury Case
If you’re pursuing a personal injury claim, you need to watch what you post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. While these social media sites are very much a part of our daily lives and our interaction with friends, everything that you post can be misconstrued or misrepresented by insurance companies that don’t want to provide the compensation you deserve. By watching what you post and avoiding unnecessary social media interaction during your personal injury case, you can help your personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas to prevail on your claim.
Judging Injuries from Social Photos
Many people frequently post photos of their outings and activities with friends. However, when your personal injury claim hinges on the type of physical pain and damage you have suffered as a result of someone else’s actions, the other side might scrutinize the photos you post. They may attempt to claim that photos of you being active are signs that your injuries are less severe than you claim.
Always remember that insurance companies want to drive down your compensation. Even though they may be well aware that having some fun outside does not mean that your chronic pain or injuries are healed, they may not hesitate to argue this point to bring down the amount of money that you are owed. It is not worth putting your compensation at risk for the joy of sharing a social photo.
Happiness Can Hurt Your Claim
Even photos and posts that don’t show you exercising or using any physical strength can be used against you. For example, if you post happy status updates about enjoying life or fun, smiling photos at a party, the other side may claim that you did not experience true pain and suffering or mental health impacts as a result of the injury. Of course, even people who are suffering can certainly find moments of happiness. But showing those moments publicly on social media may not be worth it if the other side takes the opportunity to use it.
Be Careful of Friends’ Pages
Of course, all of the images of you on social media are unlikely to come from your own account. Friends may post their own photos and statuses and tag your account. In order to protect yourself and your claim, it can be good to change your privacy settings in order to prevent tagging and prevent non-friends from seeing your account at all. You can also make your friends list private in order to protect their accounts from researchers.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligent or dangerous behavior, a Las Vegas law firm can help you pursue the compensation that you deserve. Call us today at The Schnitzer Law Firm at 702-960-4050 or use our simple online form to schedule a free consultation with our skilled personal injury lawyers.