Social Media and Personal Injury – What Not to Do
- Posted on: Oct 31 2018
When you’re dealing with anything major in your life, you may be tempted to post about it on social media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites keep us connected and allow us to share what’s going on in our lives. But while you’re sharing with friends and family, you may also be sharing with many other people, and that’s not always a good idea.
This is especially true if you’re in the middle of a personal injury case. The person you’re suing or their attorney may find your social media posts and enter them as evidence against you in court. Even if you don’t think what your posting is that damaging, you should think twice. Here are some things you should not do on social media if you’re considering a personal injury claim.
Don’t Make Public Posts about It
Ideally, you should never post about your case at all. If you do, you should definitely make certain those posts are private—only those people you’ve added to your friends list should be able to see them. Even that can be a bad idea, especially if your personal injury case is against someone you have mutual friends with.
This includes posting anything about the actual accident itself or anything related to it. Don’t mention doctor appointments, meetings with your lawyer, or anything else. Keep silent about your case so that nothing can be used against you.
Don’t Post Pictures of Your Injury
It can be tempting to post pictures of your broken leg or bruises, but again, it’s important that you keep these images to yourself. They are evidence in the case.
Don’t Comment on Anything
If you see a news article about your injury or case, don’t post or share it in any way. In fact, you shouldn’t even read it. Ask your friends and family to avoid commenting on these posts, too, and to avoid saying anything about your injury on social media. You can’t control all of the information out there related to your accident, but you can control your reaction and ask others to avoid posting about it.
Ask for Legal Advice
Many people have social media profiles these days, but few ask their lawyers how they should handle these online accounts when they’re pursuing a personal injury case. The attorneys at Held & Hines LLP can answer all of your questions about social media and your case. Contact us today to learn more.