Keeping Facebook from Messing Up Your Personal Injury Claim

Many people are unaware that defending lawyers can view their profiles on Facebook and other social media sites when they file personal injury claims. Professionals in the legal profession are well aware of the fascination with sharing someone’s private life online with family, friends and strangers.

This is where they’ll start to look for evidence that the personal injuries claim is false, incorrect or the victim’s fault. The victim’s details often help to explain the need for compensation if the injuries are not severe.

Online statements may show that an injured person is doing activities they shouldn’t be doing, can accomplish feats only the unharmed could achieve, or was involved in the incident that caused the physical distress. These same websites can also be used by insurance companies to deny claims. Investigators will use every tool available to help the insurance company avoid paying a settlement. A lawyer is necessary to help you avoid falling for the trap of social media.

Misleading Statements, and Misdirection

If someone is lucky enough to survive an accident, they may post details online that could mislead their loved ones about the extent of the damage. People who post this information are often trying to comfort their loved ones and to explain the risks involved. These statements can be misleading and used against victims as they may suggest that the victim suffered less than the claimed. Other statements could misdirect information and expose areas that might be vulnerable when a claim is made for compensation. Simple updates can be used as a weapon against anyone seeking reimbursement for treatment after an accident.

Suggested Action during Personal Injury Claims

After a person hires a lawyer to help with a personal injury case, they may first be told to remove personal social networking sites. If that is impossible, the access to the pages of the victim should be restricted so that no one can see or post any information. These victims might not realize how their personal information could be used against them when they are in front of a defense lawyer. Videos, photos, statements in innocence, and details about people may all be used to support the opposing lawyer’s case.

To avoid potential loss, it is important to follow certain guidelines if the social media sites must be kept active and live. If the victim is not known, no one should be considered a friend. The victim should not be shown any photos or video of the other party in an attempt to seek compensation. To ensure that these items are not shared, it is important to contact family members and friends. If it is not understood by the audience, it should not be posted online. Jokes, sarcastic comments, and any other statements that could be misinterpreted are all prohibited. For any reason, no emails or text messages regarding the case should be sent to anyone other than the legal representative. Online chats about case details and specifics are not allowed, except for the lawyer who has been hired.

Privacy settings

Even with the most private settings, the victim of personal injury cases is not free from chatter about the case. Opposing lawyers and insurance carriers may be able to see and read the information online, but they might not break these privacy settings. It is important to seek the advice of a lawyer to deactivate personal accounts and websites throughout the trial or case. This will prevent any potential problems with social media. This will make it easier to file a successful claim. It also reduces the chances of complications that may arise when the defense lawyer asks questions about witnesses. Sometimes it is necessary to inform loved ones that the defendant in the case will not be available for some time. This means less information about the event is posted.

Updated 01/18/22