Better Safe than Sorry: 3 Ways Posting on Social Media Can Hurt Your Construction Accident Case
Whether on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, never post any photo or status update showing the degree of injuries you suffered after an accident!
Social media, with over two billion active users, understandably is a society of its own. It is a place where everyone finds fun, laughter, love, solace and appreciation. And it encourages one to publish almost anything publishable, including photos and videos. However, with a case already in court, especially concerning a matter as serious as personal injury, 866attylaw.com advises that you watch what goes live in there.
Beware: social media can seriously damage your construction accident claim
Perhaps you are wondering why whatever you share out on social media can leave a serious dent on your personal injury case. Well, there are several reasons and your attorney should explicitly explain them to you.
See, social media is easily the best platform where the defense team can find lots of powerful evidence and build a case against you. The insurer can also use what you posted on social media to undercompensate you. Basically, these are the main reasons against posting anything relating to the lawsuit on any social platform.
- Whatever you share could be used against you
Maybe you slipped and fell at the construction site, ending up with broken bones and excruciating pain and you’ve already filed a personal injury case. You spend a few days at the hospital after which you beseech the doctor to let you go and relax at home. And so, you leave the hospital sooner than was anticipated, though you aren’t necessarily better.
But while you are recuperating and the case has already started, you take a few shots and post on Instagram, perhaps to let your colleagues know how you are faring on. Unbeknownst to you, the defendant and their lawyer get them and immediately build their defense around these pieces of evidence.
At the floor of the court, they present them and argue that you were not as injured as you purport and the evidence in support of it is…well, the photos you innocently posted. The insurer also downloads the images and now refuses to meet the hospital bill, all because you were not as sick as you had reported. In the end, you lose both the case and the compensation, just because of your ignorance!
For your information, social media is a hive of valuable evidence and many companies know it. They know how to use it and are always on the watch for anything that could give their case a lifeline. And they will argue as if their lives depend on the case.
- Don’t even bank on the Privacy Settings
You might be deceived by the Settings that probably lock out those who aren’t associated with you on social media in any way and think you are safe to post. Well, that can be another wrong and costly move as you have no guarantee that the defense team will not see it.
They might still access them. First, someone might take a screenshot of it and share with them without your knowledge. Nowadays, the Terms of Service agreements allow social media sites to share information with authorities and that might jeopardize your quest for justice and compensation.
- Ask whoever is close to you to refrain as well
They form part of your team and neither should they post or rant about it on your behalf. Some of the things they should avoid writing about, just like you, include:
- Updates on your recovery process.
- Your check-in locations.
- Comments that insinuate admitting fault.
- Any comments that trash anyone, whether the litigant or the accused.
Remember, cases are won or lost based on the amount of evidence one has.