Posting on Social Media Following an Accident | What to Know

If you have been injured in an accident and are looking to take legal action against the negligent party responsible for your injuries, it is best to stay off social media. To learn why it is beneficial to refrain from posting on social media during this time, continue reading. If you require assistance with your upcoming claim, do not hesitate to contact our experienced Hartford County personal injury attorneys.

What should I post on social media after an accident?

If you have been injured in an accident, it can be second nature to open your social media accounts and update your friends and family on how you are doing. Posting online is a way to keep your loved ones in the loop, especially when something drastic happens. However, it is important to avoid discussing your injury online. You should not post on social media at all for good measure. Specifically, it is important to avoid posting about your injury, accident, and recovery. You should also refrain from posting photos of yourself, any activities you partake in, or your injury. It is best to warn your friends and family to refrain from posting and tagging you in any photos during this time as well.

What if my social media is private?

It may be a good decision to set your accounts to private after being injured in a personal injury accident. You will want to avoid accepting new followers or friends in the meantime as well. However, private accounts may feel safer, but they do not actually protect your information. A defense attorney can still access the content on your social media accounts, even if they are not public. This is even true for deleted posts and private conversations.

What are the benefits of not posting online during a personal injury lawsuit?

You must be careful about what you post when you are facing a personal injury lawsuit. If you claim that you have a severe injury as a result of your accident and you make a post online about taking a walk or otherwise being active, a defense attorney may question the validity of your claim. Posting on social media can easily undermine your credibility. Retelling the events of your accident or making any statements about the accident or your injuries can hurt your case. This is true for even the most seemingly innocent misphrase. Also, what you discuss with your attorney is confidential and must never be shared online. Maintain this confidentiality rather than giving important and private information to the defense.

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