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Can Facebook, Twitter or Other Social Media Sites Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim?

  Can Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites hurt your personal injury claim? 

You bet.

I’ve long posted on this site that I think it’s critical that injured persons hire lawyers that belong to the Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association, a group of plaintiff’s lawyers around the state that share work and ideas to help each other out.

But we’re not the only ones that do this.  Insurance defense lawyers have a similar organization called the Defense Research Institute, which publishes a newsletter called, “The Voice.”  An article in the June 9 issue was “Discovery of Social Networks: Getting It, Getting the Most Out of It, and Getting It Into Evidence.” 

I’m not going to talk about the substance of the article, but suffice it to say that the insurance companies and defense bar are well aware of the potential gold nuggets that they might find on claimants’ social media accounts.

So if you’re injured and engaging in social media, be smart.  Look at each post through the eyes of the jury, because eventually, they may be the ones judging you.

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