An increasing trend in personal injury litigation is for insurance companies and their lawyers trying to gain access to your social networking sites. Sometimes this includes the use of trickery to get access to your information. Once there, they’ll take statements or photos entirely out of context to try and argue that you’re not as hurt as you claim.
I’ve never had a client harmed by social media, but I don’t want you to be the first.
Some attorneys suggest that their clients cease all use of social media while the client’s case is pending. While that would be nice, I also think it’s unrealistic. I know social media has become a part of culture and life.
So if you’re going to continue to use social media, here are a few guidelines that can help you not ruin your case.
1. Don’t discuss your case in any fashion on a social networking site.
2. Don’t mention activities you’re involved in; no talking about hobbies, vacations, etc.
3. Don’t post photos of yourself. Trust me, they’ll be taken out of context in ways you can never imagine.
4. Keep your privacy settings strong.
5. Don’t allow a new “friend” unless you absolutely know who they are and trust them. There are repeated stories of insurance company representatives trying to “friend” injured persons to get access to the injured persons’ social media sites.
These are just general guidelines. If you are injured and want more specific advice, feel free to call us or contact us.