You’ve recently been hurt due to circumstances that were either not your fault, and you have a personal injury claim pending. As you’re recovering, you find that you have a lot of downtime on your hands because you aren’t feeling well enough to do the things that you ordinarily enjoy. As a result, you may be spending a lot of time on social media.
If scrolling through TikTok, seeking support by sending direct messages to loved ones on Facebook and keeping up with “goings on” via Instagram brings you joy, it’s really okay to go ahead and scroll to your heart’s content. But if you’re tempted to post about the circumstances of your accident – or about your life generally right now – it’s important to hold off. Doing so could be destructive to your claim.
What’s the big deal?
Professionals who are employed by law firms and insurance companies are now well aware that most Americans are – to some degree or another – addicted to their digital devices and interacting with the world on through their screens. This is nothing to be ashamed of, it just is the way things are as society transitions to an age in which electronic technology dominates many aspects of modern life.
However, as a result of this reality, both claims adjusters assigned to any claims that you might file and lawyers who represent those who caused your harm are almost certainly going to be paying attention to your social media activity to use anything that they can in order to mitigate the validity of your case. If they have to misinterpret or twist your words and pictures to achieve their aims, they might.
As a result, it is important to seek legal guidance concerning how to best protect your interests – online and offline – as your case proceeds.