PERSONAL INJURY BLOG

Social Media and Personal Injury Law

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

When a person attains an injury such as broken bones, concussions, brain injury, chronic pain, they are usually entitled to a personal injury claim whenever these things cause extreme damage. Whether this damage is financial due to high-cost hospital bills or this damage is emotional, resulting in extreme amounts of pain and suffering. Some injuries can even result in PTSD, anxiety, or depression. This is when it might be smart to file a personal injury claim. There are many factors that can affect the result of a personal injury claim and one of these is social media. 

Posting About Your Injury

Social media has taken over our lives in the twenty-first century. In this day and age, everyone seems to be on social media, to update their lives in real time. According to statista.com in 2017 the average user spent about 135 minutes a day on social media, that's is a little over two hours of your day. If you post constantly on your social media about your day, then it isn't unimaginable that you will post about any recent accidents you've been in. 

The internet is free and able to be used by anyone who can connect to it. So, social media posts are considered the public record. This means that any posts containing information on your accident, injury, wellbeing, or day-to-day affairs, can be used against you. 

  • The Insurance company will be looking at your social media to check on how serious your injuries are if there are pictures of you dancing when you say you have a broken leg. 
  • The defense attorney will look for evidence of your well being, checking posts to see if your claim of anxiety and depression has shown across your platforms. 
  • A court judge may look as well to check on your claims of injury. 

Everyone has heard it while applying for jobs or holding down a job, not to post anything that can incriminate you for that position, but that also applies to any legal situations, such as a lawsuit. It is best not to best anything about your injury until after the settlement. If you need help in practicing good use of social media then it might be time to get some legal help. 

Seek Legal Advice

If you find yourself in a situation where you feel that you need to file a personal injury claim, the first thing you should do is talk to an attorney. Attorney's can help in knowing what is okay to put on your social media, and what is legally public and private. Private messages need a search warrant in order to be used in a court of law, rather than regular posts that can be used without your notice. The last thing you want to do is have one of your social media posts show up in court and affect your claim. Lederer Nojima in Los Angeles is one of the best personal injury law firms in the state. If you are in need of legal advice, feel free to contact us.




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