Don’t Post Anything About Your Accident On Social Media
Seemingly innocent posts can adversely impact your personal injury claim
Social media is in engrained in nearly every aspect of our lives today both personally and professionally. Apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, just to name a few, are as much a part of our everyday interactions as our own personal relationships with family, friends and co-workers. Unfortunately, it’s also become more evident that these apps can lead to unforeseen complications in many different ways. When it comes to sharing daily experiences, emotions and opinions, even the most innocuous post can lead to much larger issues.
Anyone who has ever been involved in an accident, particularly an accident that may have been caused by another person, understands the intense emotions and stress that result nearly instantaneously. Once the initial shock subsides, a common human response is to react and lash out, either verbally or through social media. Victims often want to share their experience with others and may even solicit feedback or commiserations. Unfortunately, these types of posts can come back to haunt you in the event your accident leads to any type of legal action.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, whether it’s a car accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice or any other type of personal injury claim, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for your medical expenses lost wages and emotional distress. However, the defense is, of course, going to do everything possible to refute your claims and protect their own client’s best interests. It is not uncommon for your entire history to become public and exposed. Anything that you may have posted on social media could now be used against you in an effort to negate your claims. In addition, posting specific details about your accident may seem irrelevant in the beginning but could be manipulated to better serve the defendant’s position.
While many social media posts are harmless, the potential risk to your case is much too great to warrant taking that chance. Your injuries may be severe with long-term complications that negatively impact your life for years to come. You don’t want to do anything that may impair your ability to obtain the rightful compensation you need to become whole following your accident. At Leonard Legal Group, our dedicated New Jersey accident attorneys are your staunchest advocates. Call our experienced legal team at 973-984-1414 or send an email to schedule a free initial consultation.