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Can My Social Media Posts Impact My Personal Injury Case?

December 14, 2021
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Social media has become such an integral part of our lives that you may not give it any thought when you hit send on that post you share with the world. Those words and photos that you share, however, can have a significant effect on your personal injury case (if you’ve been injured by the negligence of someone else and are seeking compensation for your damages). Better understanding how your social media posts can send your personal injury claim into a tailspin can help you better protect your case, and the first step in the process should be consulting with an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney. 

The Insurance Company

The fact is that the insurance company handling your claim is – first and foremost – in the business of turning a profit, which means that it is ready, willing, and able to pour considerable resources into keeping your settlement as low as possible. One of the tools at the insurance company’s disposal is trolling the internet for posts and photos that you either initiate or that feature you, and using the information therein to help damage your claim. 

For example, if there is an innocent photo of you enjoying your niece’s birthday party to the fullest, the insurance company may use the photo to undermine your claim of pain and suffering. In other words, the insurance company is adept at twisting words and photos to its advantage, which means that less is far more when it comes to posting on social media while your personal injury claim is pending. 

Avoiding the Most Expansive Social Media Platforms

While sending a private message to a relative through a social media account may not impact your personal injury case, the truth is that – in certain situations – it could. The best policy is to avoid social media platforms altogether while your case is processing, but if this approach is too harsh (given your overall proclivity for social media), making it your policy not to post about the accident itself is well advised. Further, taking a break from the largest social media platforms can help, including:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • TikTok

Keeping the Basic Rules in Mind

Because protecting your personal injury claim is paramount, it’s important to keep the following rules in mind (as they relate to social media):

  • Stay mum in relation to the accident in question, including refraining from posting pictures or text about your injuries, treatment, and recovery overall
  • Steer clear of commenting on any posts or photos related to your claim that other people post
  • Take down anything you’ve already posted regarding the accident in question (although this isn’t a foolproof approach, it may help)

Turn to an Experienced San Francisco Personal Injury Attorney for the Legal Help You Need

The personal injury lawyers at Bogaards Law in San Francisco are well positioned and well prepared to skillfully advocate for the compensation to which you are entitled. Learn more by contacting us for a free consultation today.

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