Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become an important part of many people’s lives. They are great places to share photos, stories, and articles with family and friends. However, when you are in the middle of a personal injury claim, your social media use can have consequences. There are some important steps you should take when approaching social media during your personal injury case.
Stay Off of Social Media Until Your Case is Over
The safest thing you can do is to stay off of social media until your case is over. This does not mean that you have to delete your accounts. It just means that you should not make any more posts or comments. If you’re a regular user, it may be difficult to quit cold turkey, but staying away is the safest thing you can do. Defense attorneys and insurance adjusters will scour your account for evidence that you may have been at fault for an accident or that you are not injured. Posts that may seem innocent enough to you could cause problems with your claim.
Don’t Discuss Your Case
If you just can’t tear yourself away from social media, you can at least make sure that you don’t discuss your accident or your case. It may be tempting to inform your friends and family about what is happening in your life, even if it’s just to let them know that you’re okay. However, statements that you make about your case could be used against you. Telling your friends and family that you’re okay after a car accident, could be interpreted as meaning that you haven’t been injured. It’s best just to leave the topic off the table.
Use Privacy Settings on All of Your Accounts
Make sure you set the privacy settings on all of your accounts to the highest level. Make all of your social media accounts private, and be sure to set up “tag review” on Facebook so that your friends can’t tag you in posts. It’s also important that you don’t accept any new friend or follower requests. You never know who is acting undercover.
Don’t Delete Your Social Media Accounts
It may be tempting to delete your accounts altogether or to at least go through them and delete certain posts. However, this may be interpreted as if you are trying to hide something or could be considered spoliation of evidence. While you can’t change the past, you can certainly be more careful about how you approach social media going forward.
Contact a Las Vegas Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in an accident, an experienced attorney is what you need. For over 50 years, GGRM has been on the side of accident victims. To set up your free consultation, contact us online or call us at 702-978-7641 today.