Seven out of ten internet users are connected to some form of social media. Sharing a story about your injury and venting can cause problems when there is an insurance claim involved. Many lawyers recommend that their clients give up social media, but most clients choose to remain connected. Below are three tips for using social media if you have a pending personal injury case.
The first rule of social media is not to post anything, especially that related to the accident and the second is to limit access if any posts are made. Facebook and Instagram pages are the first stop for insurance adjusters trying to learn about the claimants. Many social media profiles present a skewed view of reality which can be used as evidence. If an injured person is too hurt to work, but has status updates about gardening and yard work, it can cause problems even if the explanation is simple. Social media pages are subject to subpoena, so restricting access doesn’t mean the insurance company won’t ever be able to see the posts, but it does make it more challenging.
Having a personal injury case can be a tedious process that will test your patience, especially if a lawsuit is filed. Posting case updates or disparaging comments about the parties involved, the lawyers, or any judges involved can haunt accident victims and allow insurance lawyers to paint them as vindictive rather than hurt.
A qualified personal injury lawyer and treating physicians and therapists should vet the medical testimony in a personal injury case. Unfortunately, status updates and photos posted on social media can undermine medical testimony and unnecessarily complicate a case when in the hands of a skilled insurance lawyer.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in or near Tulsa Oklahoma, avoid posting on social media and get a consultation from a personal injury lawyer at Wandres Law, PC. Speaking with a lawyer will give you peace of mind and ensure all your rights are protected.
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