No Friend Requests or Tweeting During Personal Injury Case
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the other social media platforms are fantastic ways to share the latest happenings in your life. They should be avoided like the plague, however, when you’re involved in any legal proceedings like a personal injury lawsuit.
Eyes Are Watching You
If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else and have filed a personal injury lawsuit, you should know that insurance companies are masters at digging up dirt on people. One of the first things they’ll do is take a look at your social media profiles and postings. If you’re claiming that you’re now unable to do any physical type of work but have posted a photo of you on a recent hiking trip, your case pretty much just went up in smoke.
Your Posts Can Be Used Against You in a Court of Law
In court, the terms “private” and “public” are not quite the same things. Sharing information with your friends usually means that the information is no longer private. Because of that, your content is fair game to be used in a legal case. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 81 percent of the top divorce attorneys say that number of cases involving social networking evidence has skyrocketed. While each case is different – and the vulnerability of your social media information will be dependent upon the judge in your case – you should assume that all of your information will be obtained.
How Your Social Media Posting Will Be Used
In most instances of presenting social media posts as evidence in court, attorneys will take screenshots of your postings. Everything will be looked at – every photo and every tweet you send out – will be scrutinized in an effort to portray you as not being as injured as you claim.
The Oswalt Law Group Can Help You
If you’ve been injured, being unaware of the potential landmines of social media is but one of the many reasons you need an experienced attorney to guide you through the legal process. To get proper compensation for any pain and lost wages, we urge you to contact us here at the Oswalt Law Group for a free consultation by calling (602) 225-2222.