If you suffer an injury, your first instinct may be to notify your social media followers. After all, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms offer an easy way to communicate with friends, family members and even strangers with just a few clicks.
Unfortunately, your social media posts may also complicate your personal injury case. Staying away from social media until your personal injury matter concludes may make the most sense. If doing so does not seem practical, you should avoid certain types of posts. Here are three social media posts that may be problematic.
You generally should not apologize after sustaining an injury in an accident. Even if you are just trying to be polite, an apology may come across as acceptance of fault. Consequently, you should not post anything to social media that accepts blame or apologizes for either the accident or your injuries.
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A car crash, dog bite or slip-and-fall accident may leave you with a variety of serious and life-altering injuries. If your social media posts make you appear happy and healthy, the person who caused your injuries may use your posts against you. This may be true even if you are merely acting better than you feel.
When you are pursuing compensation for your injuries and other damages, an attorney can help you craft your testimony in a meaningful and useful way. If your social media posts contradict this testimony, a judge or jury may not find you credible.
Insurance adjusters also look for contradictions. Accordingly, you can expect the insurance company to mine your social media accounts for any information it can use to deny your claim.