The Pitfalls of Posting about Personal Injury on Social Media

It’s truly amazing to stop and think about just how deeply social media has infiltrated our daily lives. Just ten years ago, this blog post would have made the majority of adults ask what on earth we’re even talking about. Now, it’s hard to imagine a social media-free existence. Oftentimes, we post on our various channels of choice without scarcely a thought. When it comes to personal injury claims, however, we cannot discourage posting about them online enough and we’ll tell you why.

 

Insurance Adjusters are Evidence-Collecting Experts

One of the main duties of insurance adjusters is to collect as much damning evidence about the personal injury claimant as possible in order to refute your claim. In the old days, their only sources were police reports, auto repair reports and invoices, medical expense reports, witness testimony, and the testimonies of the involved parties. Posting anything about your accident or its aftermath could potentially hand over additional evidence that the adjuster never could have acquired on their own.

 

Nothing is Ever Truly Private

Even if you keep your social media accounts locked down and set to private, there is always the possibility that someone could see your content even if you are not personally connected. Many times, “friends of friends” can see your posts. In other instances, a trusted friend might share your post without realizing you don’t want them to do so.

 

You May Violate the Terms of a Confidentiality Agreement

Oftentimes, the defendant in a personal injury case will offer a monetary settlement in order to avoid being dragged into court. Many of these settlements include nondisclosure or confidentiality agreements that prevent either party from discussing the case or its outcome in any capacity. Whether or not you should sign one of these agreements is another blog topic post entirely, but if you do sign one, it is imperative you adhere to its provisions. Posting about the case or the settlement award on social media is a clear violation and could result in a retraction of the settlement offer or a counter-lawsuit.

 

Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney & Avoid Social Media Pitfalls

As soon as you are physically able following an accident, contact and retain a personal injury lawyer with a record of success. Cressman Law Firm, P.A. will advise you every step of the way and clearly explain the what actions to take and which to avoid during your case in order to maximize your chances for full compensation. Contact our Winter Garden office today at (407) 877-7317 to schedule a free consultation with an accomplished personal injury attorney and remember, never post about your accident or case on social media!

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