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Why Should I Avoid Social Media After Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

Why Should I Avoid Social Media After Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

To learn more about why you should avoid posting on social media after filing a personal injury claim, reach out to our experienced and dedicated Westchester County personal injury attorneys.

Why should I avoid posting on social media after I filed a personal injury claim?

In most cases, when you bring a claim against a person that caused your injury, you are often in contact with that person’s insurance company. In many cases, an insurance company will want to get to the point, rather than help the injured party. Because of this, insurance companies will typically observe the social media accounts of those who bring claims against them to catch if they post anything that even remotely contradicts their claim. For example, if you are claiming that you broke your leg due to another’s negligence, but then post a picture of you at a dance, the insurance company can use that evidence, even taken out of context to prove that “you are not really hurt.” Because of this, you should abstain from posting until your claim is resolved to make sure that there were no issues preventing you from obtaining the compensation you need to recover.

What are the best things you can do after being injured in an accident?

  • Change your social media accounts to private.
    • Set your accounts to private and avoid accepting any new follow requests unless they are from people you know personally.
    • If you fail to do this, you may be accepting a request from someone from the other party trying to obtain your information.
  • Hold off on posting statements or photos.
    • You may accidentally admit fault if you tell the story of your accident. Even the slightest misphrase can influence your case.
  • Alert your friends and family.
    • You should ask that your friends and family do not post any photos of or with you.
  • Avoid posting too frequently.
    • Your emotional suffering may be a large aspect of your personal injury case. If you post too frequently, you may seem emotionally unchanged. Also, if you reassure your friends and family that you are doing well, you are also giving the defense access to this information, which can be used to their benefit.

If you were hurt as a result of another’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. It is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to learn more about your next steps with your claim. Our skilled Westchester County personal injury attorneys are on your side.

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