How a Personal Injury Attorney Uses Social Media
Social media plays a big role in modern society and for a personal injury attorney it can be a valuable tool for gathering information. Lawyers use every legal means necessary to defend the rights of their clients and make sure they receive fair compensation for their damages.
Written messages, videos and photos posted on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other popular social networking sites are in the public domain. This means the person responsible for posting cannot expect privacy. Attorneys may use anything found on these sites as evidence in a court case.
A personal injury attorney may locate information posted on a social networking website to prove fault in a negligence case. Accident victims must be aware that their social media activity is fair game for use as evidence against them in a court of law. Investigators search online for photos and comments that prove an injury is not as serious as the plaintiff claims. For example, if someone is claiming to have a serious back injury, a photo showing that person water skiing on vacation after the accident is compelling evidence that the claim is fraudulent.
Lawyers working on a personal injury case will advise their clients to take the following precautions:
- Do not post any photos, videos or comments about the accident to Twitter, Facebook or a personal blog.
- Do not discuss your recovery with anyone in an open online forum.
It may be difficult to determine if an item can cause harm to a personal injury case. The best thing to do is avoid interacting with all social media sites until the case reaches resolution.
If you are an accident victim in need of legal advice, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-GGRM (4476). Trust an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you receive fair compensation for your injuries.