The Role Social Media Plays in Personal Injury Cases

Living in the age of technology has made certain aspects of our lives much easier. You can take a picture on your mobile device, post it on social media and click…your picture can potentially be seen by anyone in the world. Sure, you have privacy settings and only people that you’ve granted permission have access to see what you’ve posted…..but is that really the case?

Be careful about what you post on social media if you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision.

It seems today everyone likes to share pictures or stories about themselves on social media. Whether its photos/stories of them doing something adventurous or photos/stories of themselves doing absolutely nothing at all.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident and are posting on social media events about your injuries or the accident itself, you should use extreme caution in doing so. You do not know who is looking at your posts and their reasons for checking out your presence on social media. It is possible that what you post on social media about the circumstances surrounding your accident may be misinterpreted or taken out of context. Sometimes it is just not wise to post every single detail about your injuries or your accident on social media because you do not know who’s watching or how the information could be used against you in your personal injury claim.

Keeping up with the times.

Everyone is trying to keep up with the latest advances in technology. Did you know that it is becoming almost standard practice for defense insurance companies to hire firms to conduct social media searches on people who have filed personal injury claims? These hi-tech firms have the capability to get around privacy settings and see what an injured claimant has posted on social media after an accident. Some of the posted information they find may and can be used to de-value your personal injury claim.

Just keep in mind, information posted on social media can be both helpful and hurtful to a personal injury claim. It is extremely important to use wisdom and caution when you post information on social media. Speaking with an Raleigh, NC personal injury attorney about your claim can help you to avoid self-inflicted pitfalls. Defense insurance companies are looking for reasons to lower the value or flat-out deny your personal injury claim. Don’t make it easy for them!

We are here to help you avoid such pitfalls and fight for you in seeking recovery for your accident-related injuries in these complicated matters. We represent Personal Injury clients in Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Give The Bishop Law Firm a call today, (919) 615-3095!