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January 25, 2022

Tips for Social Media Use During a Lawsuit

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Posted in Legal Advice

Social Media & Lawsuits

It’s completely normal to want to post about your accident on social media. After all, you may want to update your friends and family about how you’re doing. Likewise, it’s normal to want to vent about the case when it becomes complicated or frustrating. Unfortunately, social media can be used against you. Here are some tips for handling social media when you have a personal injury lawsuit.

Keep Your Social Media Private

When was the last time you looked at your social media privacy settings? Some people don’t bother having private social media because they don’t think they post anything worth hiding. Having a private social media account is important for a lot of reasons. On the one hand, it keeps people who aren’t on your friend’s list from accessing your page, but also it keeps insurance adjusters from being able to look at your social media. Anything posted publicly can be used against you in court. Check your privacy settings and make sure no one outside your friends can see your social media posts.

Reconsider Using Social Media During the Lawsuit

Using social media is second nature for most people. If you’re like most people, you don’t put a lot of thought into benign posts about your day. When your lawsuit is active, you need to be extra careful about what you post on social media. Even if you’re careful not to post about the accident, your posts could be taken out of context. It may be weeks following your accident, but you post a picture of you and your family appearing happy. While you know this isn’t an indicator of how injured you were following the accident, the adjuster may try to use it against you.

Given how much an adjuster can use against you, it may be safer to avoid social media. Keep your conversations private and let your friends and family know that you have to take a social media break while your lawsuit is still active.

Social media has become an asset in most people’s lives. It allows you to keep up with friends and family, no matter where in the world they are. However, when it comes to lawsuits, your posts can be used against you. Being careful about what you post online is critical to your case. If you’re worried about your social media posts, consult with a personal injury lawyer from a firm like Greenspan & Greenspan P.C to find out how to handle your social media presence.

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