Personal injury attorneys typically warn their clients of the dangers of using social media while involved in a personal injury case. Information posted on social media, even if not intentional, can be used against you in court.
Even if a social media account is public or private, the information posted can be discovered and used in a lawsuit. It’s common for insurance adjusters and attorneys to carefully look at social media profiles, searching for fraud or lies. The defendant in a personal injury case can request records and personal information, including social media entries.
If you are involved in an ongoing personal injury case, you should not share details of your case, accident, injuries or lawsuit online. If you have any photos or videos of your case online, they should be deleted. Remove any pictures or past posts that could be damaging to the lawsuit – for example, posts complaining about a back injury you had before the accident. You should also filter your profiles so that others cannot tag you in photos without your approval – for example, if a friend tags you in a nightclub while you are claiming that you are too hurt to dance, the social media entry could be damaging to your case. Finally, you should increase privacy and security settings on the account.
If you have been involved in an accident, it’s important that you speak to an attorney who can help you determine the best course of action for your case. If you’re in Houston, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on LinkedIn to learn more.