Ways Social Media Undermines Personal Injury Claims

Since the dawn of the internet, social media has been a popular way to communicate. These platforms enable online users to instantly post photos, videos, and other items. Even with the most restrictive privacy settings, many errors can be made that result in victims suffering thousands of dollars in damages.

These situations often occur because of a lack or knowledge about what to post and who might provide details. A friend or relative may post an image of the injury if someone has been hurt. This can often interfere with personal injury claims.

Personal injury court cases can be influenced by social media. It is important to know what a victim can do and how it may affect the outcome of a case. A case can be lost if text is used to demonstrate how someone was hurt in the past. If someone posts information on these platforms explaining how an injury was faked, claims for compensation could be denied. These posts can be enough evidence but could be misdirected by someone who is angry with the victim.

Influence of social media

Through legal defense, the extent of injuries is often used to determine who is responsible in a case. A medical professional will determine the extent of the damage that was done to the victim. Once the examination is complete, details about the victim’s injuries and treatment are provided. In some cases, the pain and injury may be less severe in manageable situations. Defense lawyers often use social media to demonstrate how little damage was done by the accident. Many photos of the injured person with babies or engaging in sports activities show that there was minimal damage. These images are important in courtrooms as a visual representation.

Lawyers often use pre-existing injuries to show that the victim was not injured in an accident. Pre-existing injuries, which are wounds that have been exacerbated by an incident, may be eligible for compensation. However, it is important to remember that unrelated harm will not be considered in these proceedings. Images and text posted on social media sites can be used to prove that the injuries occurred before the accident. If photos of the victim wearing items like a neck brace, days or weeks before the injury occurred it is enough to deny any claims for compensation. This may decrease the chances of receiving monetary or medical compensation. However, it is not always true.

Redistributing Culpability

Many people who have been in an accident have the urge to share their experiences online and in person. Although this is a natural behaviour, they often share more information than is necessary. This could increase the risk of state negligence laws being applied to them. These victims could be subject to thousands of dollars in damages if there is even a small redistribution. To prove that the injured party was involved in the accident or injury, certain statements are frequently used against them. This means that he/she was also responsible for any physical injuries sustained. Multiple statements, such as not looking at the road and not smoking or drinking, prove that the other person was not responsible for the accident. A legal representative is usually hired to explain how such content can be harmful to the case.

Erasing Social Media Accounts

Many victims believe that the best way to protect yourself from prying eyes and those who scan social media content is to delete or erase these accounts during the trial. These actions are often viewed negatively by courts and defense attorneys. These actions should only ever be done with the guidance of a lawyer. It may be advisable to deactivate old accounts. These are social media accounts that are not being used or are outdated, as well as any embarrassing information that isn’t relevant to current events.

You may also want to change privacy settings or stop accepting friend requests during a case. To ensure that no other individuals have access to the information, public social media accounts should only be made available to friends. Defense lawyers might pose as friends to gain access to the personal details. These cases often require the assistance of a lawyer.

Updated 01/18/22