Social media has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives and while it offers countless benefits, there are significant disadvantages to posting even the most innocent updates about your accident. Though you may be tempted to vent your frustrations or share details online, nothing could be worse in the long run. The truth is, even the slightest comment can come back to haunt you when you are pursuing compensation following an accident or injury. What you say or post will be held against you in the court of law and during the negotiation process. Therefore, it is best to remove yourself from the equation by not participating at all.
The insurance adjuster’s primary focus is to abandon any financial responsibility for the incident. One of the most common ways they attempt to do this is by employing unfair means to undermine the severity of your injuries. What better way for them to do this than to use your own words as evidence? For example, if a friend posts a comment on your page asking how you are doing, a casual “I’m okay” may be enough to call your claim into question. Another common mistake is when an injured individual is tagged in a photo that depicts the wrong impression and calls the entire claim into question.
Social media allows you the room to mistakenly discount your claim. Unfortunately, privacy does not exist online, especially when it comes to the law, as private accounts are anything but. If you have already posted something about your accident or injuries on social media, you absolutely cannot delete it after the fact. This may be argued as an attempt to obstruct justice by destroying evidence. You can avoid these anxieties and prevent social media from having an adverse impact on your claim by refraining from posting anything at all until your case is resolved. While this may seem like a major inconvenience, there is nothing worse than losing a settlement offer you deserve because of an offhand or unintentional Internet blunder.
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