As social media evolves into an integral part of your daily life, it is important to remember that what you post online can lead to real-life consequences. Your digital footprint can backfire on your involvement in a personal injury case.
It may seem harmless to share your experience on your online profiles; however, improper use of social media after a car accident, dog bite, workplace injury or other incidents can hurt your legal battle in the long run.
Posting about your injury
Even a seemingly innocent online comment or picture might discredit your claim if twisted by the other party. Remember that the context matters even if you try to remain careful about what you post. For example, if you make a joke about your injuries on Twitter, the other side might use your tweet as evidence that you are not as injured as you claim.
It is best to change your accounts’ privacy settings to limit who can view your media and avoid posting about your injury.
Lying about your injury
Remain honest about your injury and its effects on your life. If you exaggerate your injury or lie about the severity of harm from the accident, you risk damaging your credibility in court. Lying can not only hurt your personal injury case but also result in legal consequences for perjury.
Showing active or normal behavior
Posts containing pictures or updates about you participating in activities you claim your injury prevents you from doing can seriously undermine your case. Avoid giving the impression that you are not as injured as you claim.
Opposing counsel in a personal injury case can potentially use anything you post against you, so stay cautious and avoid discussing the case or your accident online altogether.