How Social Media Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case

With over 2 billion monthly users on Facebook alone, many people are living their lives online. Sharing intimate details of their day with family and friends. While it may be tempting (and seem harmless) to update friends and family about your car accident case on social media, you should think twice before clicking that “Post” button.

Posting details about a personal injury case or car wreck on social media like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram can actually harm your case. Your Brownsville personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Attorney Ignacio G. Martinez would like to remind you to remain cautious during the lawsuit process and avoid sharing information online.

Because we are truly grateful to represent all of our clients, and in order to provide the best outcome for your case, we would like to offer you this valuable information on how to avoid falling victim to your own social media activities.

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What Not To Do On Social Media

Defense attorneys and insurance companies often use the plaintiff’s social media posts against them. Emotional rants and tirades, or even innocent remarks or pictures, can be used against you in the court of law.

It is the job of the defense team to seek out this information to try and discredit you. Even the simplest post about your car accident can be twisted to make it seem like you were at fault.

A few key actions to avoid include:

  • Avoid posting information about the injuries sustained during the car accident.
  • Do not post any details of the car accident at all.
  • Avoid posting any information that paints you in a negligent, distracted, inattentive, or negative light after the accident has taken place.
  • Ask friends and family to avoid mentioning your case online.
  • If possible, suspend your accounts.

Pictures are not immune to the court system either. Just like commenting or posting, pictures can hurt your case, sometimes even more so than a textual post.

For example, if you are claiming you were involved in a car accident that caused any sort of physical injury, avoid posting pictures of you working out. Although you may have recovered between the time of the accident and when the picture was taken, the defense team can easily conclude that you are faking your injury.

Finally, keep in mind that even though the most popular forms of social media include Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you should still avoid commenting on platforms like personal blogs, forums, or other such website communities.

Simply put – avoid posting anything about your car accident or personal injury case.

What You Should Do When It Comes To Social Media

The best thing that you can do is to completely stop using social media throughout the duration of your case. Although it may seem like an unrealistic request, it can really aid your legal team when fighting for the compensation you deserve.

However, if social media is something that you absolutely need, these tips can help lower the risk of your content being used in a court of law. While it won’t provide 100% protection from the prying eyes of defense attorneys, it will limit what can be used against you.

  1. Check and recheck your privacy settings. Ensure that only your friends can view your timeline and your photo albums.
  2. Make your posts brief, and most importantly, factual.
  3. Ask your friends and family to avoid tagging you at any locations, events, or in pictures.
  4. Refrain from posting, commenting, speaking, or venting about the car accident or the case.
  5. Avoid accepting friend requests from people you don’t know.
  6. Comb through your profile and remove any content that could be misconstrued.
  7. Refrain from posting about the other parties involved in your personal injury case.
  8. Google your full name within quotations to see if any information pops up. If you can, remove that information.
  9. Avoid chat rooms, blogs, and message boards.
  10. If you manage to post something you think that could be misinterpreted, don’t delete it. Mark it as private and inform your lawyer about it.
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Trust the dedicated and experienced Brownsville personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Ignacio G. Martinez to provide you the legal guidance you deserve.

The Law Office of Ignacio G. Martinez wants to remind you to remain vigilant on what you post to your social media accounts. What you post can potentially break your personal injury case.

Our experienced Brownsville personal injury attorneys can help to recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Contact us today at (956) 542-2264 to find out more about our comprehensive legal services.