Our social media accounts are constantly being monitored. If you search for something on Google, chances are you will immediately start getting ads for it. But, it is not just brands and apps that monitor our social media and searches, it is also insurance companies and defense attorneys. When you file a personal injury claim, your social media will likely be monitored by the defense. Consequently, it is important to be careful about what we post on social media during a personal injury case. Read this blog to learn more about posting on social media after a personal injury incident in Connecticut.
Private Accounts Don’t Necessarily Mean Private
It is a good idea to set your accounts to private if you have been involved in a personal injury accident. Additionally, you will want to avoid accepting any new followers or friends unless you know them personally, as this may be someone attempting to obtain your information. That being said, a private account may feel safer, but they do not make your information inaccessible. In fact, a defense attorney may still be able to access your content, even going as far as to access deleted posts and private conversations.
What Should I Post After an Accident?
If you have been involved in an accident and suffered an injury, it is natural to want to discuss it on social media. Posting on our accounts is how we keep our friends and family in the loop when it comes to life events, big and small. While it may be tempting, it is important to avoid discussing your injury. Ideally, you should not post on social media at all, but if you do, you should not post about your accident, injury, or recovery. Additionally, you should not post any photos of yourself, your injury, or any activities in which you partake. You will also want to warn your friends and family to refrain from posting and tagging any photos you are in.
Why Not Post?
You may feel like posting on social media is harmless. But, you must be extremely careful about what you post. For example, if you claim to have a severe knee injury as a result of your accident, and then you make a post about taking a walk and getting some fresh air, a defense attorney may wonder if your injury is really as bad as you have claimed. You can easily undermine your credibility if you post on social media while injured. Additionally, retelling the events of your accident or making any statements about it can hurt your case, as even the slightest, seemingly innocent misphrase can absolve the guilty party of blame. Lastly, what you discuss with your attorney is confidential. You should attempt to maintain this confidentiality, rather than giving important and private information to the defense.
If you have any questions about posting on social media after an accident, contact our firm.
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