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Why to Avoid Social Media During a Court Case

There are plenty of benefits to having a social media profile. It’s a great way to keep up with friends and family as well as to keep everyone informed with the events in your life. However, this can be detrimental, especially if you are in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit. Avoiding social media could be the difference between winning and losing.

Why You Should Avoid Social Media During a Court Case

If you’re in the midst of a personal injury claim, then assume the insurance adjuster is going to look into you to see if there’s any information that can be used to help diminish the value of your case. This includes typing your name into Google, which will most likely turn up some of your social media profiles.

Rules to Follow If Using Social Media During Your Case

If you’re a social butterfly and you simply can’t avoid using social media – or if using social media is part of your job, then make sure you follow these rules so your court case isn’t hurt by your social media presence:

  • Make sure to check the privacy settings on all your social media profiles so your personal information and posts are kept private.
  • Be very careful about uploading photos. Only upload one photo at a time, and consider whether it could be misconstrued to harm your case.
  • Don’t accept friend requests from strangers.
  • If you have a Facebook profile, make sure you check your privacy settings page. There’s an option called “Public Search Listing.” Make sure this box is unchecked so that your Facebook profile doesn’t come up on Google searches.
  • Don’t join any groups that revolve around subjects compromising your claim. For example, if you broke your foot in an injury, it would be in your best interest to not join any running groups after the injury took place until your case is finished.

Avoid social media if possible when in a personal injury case. It could mean the difference between winning and losing. For legal advice concerning a personal injury, be sure to contact GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation.