Don’t Post About Your Accident Injury on Social Media
Nowadays, it is not uncommon to take to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or another social media platform to share recent news – whether that is a promotion at work or experiencing an accident. When it comes to accidents and injuries, however, it is best to refrain from posting on social media. Once your comments and photos enter the realm of the public domain, they cannot be retrieved. And this information can easily be used against you in a personal injury lawsuit.
Don’t discuss the accident
It is sage advice to refrain from sharing details of an accident with colleagues, neighbors, and friends in any form, including on social media. Posting this information creates a chronological timeline as to your state of mind at the time of the accident, your awareness of the injuries, and your actions after the accident. Regardless of whether your post is only shared privately with “friends” or “followers”, it is still publicly sharing this information.
Topics to avoid
It is best to avoid the following topics regarding your accident and personal injury claim – both in social media and in everyday conversation:
Details of the accident
Other than generally stating that you were involved in an accident, do not discuss details. Refrain from posting specifics regarding what exactly happened, the cause of the accident, the extent of your injuries, whether anyone else was involved, whether you are filing a personal injury claim, and who you believe is legally responsible.
Words such as “I think”, “I hope”, and “I am not sure” in the context of your injury can work against you and your personal injury case as these words indicate a level of uncertainty regarding what caused the accident and who is to blame.
Never admit any responsibility for the accident whatsoever. Even a simple remark such as “I’m sorry…” can have negative consequences as it indicates a level of responsibility for the accident.
Avoid expressing anger towards the responsible party, the insurance company, law enforcement, legal professionals, or the personal injury claims process itself.
Personal injury lawsuit
As is the case with any lawsuit, it is best not to discuss any details regarding your personal injury case.
Do not share photos of the accident or your injuries
A picture is worth a thousand words…that can be used against you in a court of law. While it is prudent in the aftermath of an accident to take photos of the scene of the accident and your injuries, do not post these photos on social media. Keep them private, only to be given to your legal team as supporting evidence for your personal injury claim.
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