It’s perfectly normal to share what’s happening in your life on social media — most people do it. However, when you’re in the middle of a personal injury case, there’s a good chance your digital footprint will find its way into the courtroom. It’s important to be aware of the potential threat online activity can pose on your case.
Here are some tips for ensuring social media doesn’t jeopardize your chances at winning a personal injury lawsuit.
1. Don’t Discuss Your Injury Online
This seems like a no-brainer, but surprisingly, it’s not. Never discuss your injury (or even worse, your case) on social media sites. As cliche as it sounds, anything you say can be held against you in a court of law. It’s a bad idea to discuss anything pertaining to your case online, even through messages and emails. Your best bet is always to limit any conversations about your lawsuit to face-to-face contact.
2. Decrease Your Visibility
Immediately following your injury, you should make certain that your social media accounts have the highest privacy setting selected. While this doesn’t make what you post completely inaccessible to the defense, it’s a good start. It’s important to remember that even things that occurred before your injury can come back to haunt you in court. Additionally, you’ll need to be mindful of who you add as a friend, and who you’re allowing to see your various profiles. You can also change your ability to be searched through Google, which can aid in preventing your profiles to be found.
3. Assume That You’re Being Watched
If it’s online, there’s a reasonable chance that the defense will get their hands on it, regardless of how “private” you believe your information to be. Always be cognizant of what you’re posting, and that goes for anyone — not just those with a personal injury claim. However, for those in the middle of a personal injury suit, even a photo of a night on the town can raise questions. Given this fact, best practice is to stop using social media all together. In the event that you’ve posted something questionable regarding your injury, don’t delete it. Doing so can be construed as withholding evidence, so it can seriously threaten your credibility.
Social media has doomed personal injury cases in the past, and with its rising popularity it continues to be a concern. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise you of any behaviors that can put your claim at risk. Call the Miami personal injury attorneys at Graham Legal to learn more.