A lot of people spend a good portion of their day scrolling through various social media sites, catching up with friends, sharing the latest news headlines and posting status updates and photos of all their exciting adventures. All of this is harmless enough for the most part, but there are some things about your personal life that are definitely better left off of social media, and that includes anything related to a personal injury case. Knowing that most Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. users post just about everything that goes on in their daily lives, these social media platforms are one of the first places insurance claims adjusters and opposing counsel will look to try and gather evidence to counter-argue someone who is bringing a claim against their client. Make sure you don’t hurt your case and prevent your Redding personal injury attorney from doing their job by following these best practices before you post.
Monitor Posts and Privacy Settings
As tempting as it might be to let everyone know about your accident and injuries, it’s extremely important to monitor what you’re posting. It’s best not to talk about any details regarding the incident, your injuries or the case itself as it progresses. This includes uploading pictures and videos, checking in at certain locations and answering questions that others might ask you. If your profiles aren’t already private, this is a good time to adjust your privacy settings and ensure that only people you trust are able to view your updates, comments and photos.
Be Careful What You Delete
In some instances, the injured party may have already posted things they shouldn’t have before receiving advice from a personal injury attorney either about their current case or about pre-accident injuries. Even if you realize that your social media profiles contain content that could potentially harm your claim, it’s not advised that you go back and delete anything as this could later be deemed as destruction of evidence, landing you in hot water with the court.
Keep Close Tabs On Your “Friends”
Be extra cautious of accepting new friends or allowing new followers while you have a pending personal injury case, especially if they aren’t people you personally know. Unfortunately, these requests may not actually be interested in being your social media friend but instead just be looking for information they can present to the other party to discredit your case.
Controlling what shows up on your social media accounts is one way you can help your Redding personal injury attorney stay on top of your case and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.