Social Media and your Personal Injury Case: What Attorneys want you to Know

Social MediaSocial Media has become one of the most popular means of interaction today.  This includes, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to name a few. Posting anything on social media after an accident may be harmful to your claim even if it is not related to your injury or accident at all. If you have been in an accident, it is probably a good idea to suspend posting on all of your social media accounts for some time.

Why is this the case?  When an individual is injured in an accident, such as a dog bite, slip and fall, or car accident, a personal injury claim can be pursued to recover damages sustained in the accident. The claim for compensation typically has two parts: economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include money to compensate for medical bills and lost wages. Noneconomic damages consist of compensation for pain and suffering because of the accident and injury. The at fault party will typically try to defend these losses and seek evidence that suggests the damages are not as severe as the claimant says they are. This is usually difficult to prove.  One of the best sources of evidence is your social media accounts.

Investigators will seek as much information they can to try and deny your claim.  This can include anything from everyday posts, pictures and even how many friends you have on your accounts. They can use this information and make it look negative towards your claim even if it is not.  It is best to avoid using these media platforms so your claim can be pursued as smoothly as possible.

If you or someone you know have been injured in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green for a free no obligation consultation. Call 412-661-1400 to speak with an attorney today.  

Source:

Plymouth Daily News, “The Success of Your Personal Injury Claim Could Depend on What you Post on Social Media”