Expert advice: Could social media be hurting your PI claim
You’ve just be hit by another driver. Your car is totaled, and you’ve suffered some pretty serious injuries. Your first inclination is to share your experience on social media with all your friends and family. Don’t.
It’s easy to forget just how public our public forums really can be. Anything and everything you post on the internet is considered public record. Therefore, anything you post online can be used against you in a personal injury claim, which can be a real pain in the neck.
When you are suing someone for injury caused by their negligence and are claiming damages, you will most likely also be seeking compensation not only for your expenses, but also for your pain and suffering. It is very difficult to quantify pain and suffering unlike your medical bills, which have a clear and concise total printed at the bottom. The defense is always going to try to minimize these kinds of damages. They will drag up evidence that suggests that damages are not nearly as severe as the claimant alleges. One of the most useful tools for defense these days is social media profiles.
In addition to the physical injuries you’ve suffered, you’re also likely experiencing emotional distress. Anxiety, depression, and withdrawal and isolation are all things that have been reported by those involved in accidents. And just like physical injuries, if you are claiming emotional injuries you must offer proof.
Defense will need to discredit your emotional injuries as well, and it is very likely they will turn to social media pages for those as well. Simple status updates can be used against you as evidence that your claims are inflated.
Your best best is to remain tight-lipped on the situation. Resist that urge to update your loved ones on your condition over the internet. It is also a good idea to suspend all your social media profiles for the duration of your case. At the very least, make sure that your profiles are private.
If you have been injured in an accident cause by the negligence of another, it is important that you contact a lawyer right away. We will use all of our resources and knowledge to ensure you are awarded the settlement that you deserve. Here at The Carlson Law Firm we have team of dedicated professionals who are ready to assist. Contact us today for your free consultation.
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