Nowadays, it is easier than ever to let your friends and family know everything that is going on in your life – all it takes is a quick post on your social media page. However, if you’ve been in a car accident or you are considering filing a lawsuit against someone, there are some very good reasons why you should hold off on the social media updates.
Why you shouldn’t post on social media
Simply put, any posting on social media after an accident is a bad idea. Any sort of post can become something that is used against you and your case. Here are some things to be aware of:
• If you post photos of yourself at a party or dancing at a club after the accident, the defense could say that your injuries obviously aren’t as bad as you are claiming they are.
• If you posted immediately before the accident, the defense could say that you were driving distractedly.
• Don’t post any information about your accident, including about your injuries (or lack thereof), pictures of damage to your car, or pictures of the scene.
• Keep in mind that defense attorneys have the right to look at your public posts and use them for their client. Insurance companies may also look at your social media accounts.
It isn’t just car accidents, though. For instance, if you file a lawsuit for medical malpractice, claiming that a doctor’s negligence has caused you pain and suffering and then soon afterward post pictures of yourself enjoying your first surfing lesson, it will be quite difficult for your lawyer to prove that you have serious injuries.
Going through a traumatic event such as a car accident can be traumatic, scary, and confusing – of course you want the support of your friends. But posting about your accident on your social media accounts can cause a lot of trouble for you and your case. If you’ve been in an accident or are contemplating a medical malpractice lawsuit, avoid social media and contact an attorney who can guide you through your lawsuit and help with other do’s and don’ts. Call the Atlanta office of attorney Laurie Robbins for a free consultation, at 404-252-8117.