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Protecting Your Case From Social Media

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Social media is everywhere in our lives today. If you don’t have a Snapchat account, you likely have a Facebook page or a Pinterest obsession. Because these forms of communicating have been folded seamlessly into our everyday lives, you may not think twice about sharing the details of your accident case or your daily life after injury. But you should think twice.

What You Share Can Hurt You                                                           

In a personal injury case, the defense attorneys will look for any way possible to reduce your settlement or verdict.  Using your social media posts against you can be highly effective in those efforts.  

Here are some quick tips to protect your case:

  • Don’t comment about your case. Innocent seeming comments online about how you only took your eyes off the road for a split second can be used to assign fault in the accident to you.
  • Stop accepting friend requests. Someone on the defense team may try to friend you to get around your privacy settings. Don’t accept friend requests from anyone that you don’t know well.
  • Refrain from posting pictures. You may have been in horrible pain when your brother placed your new nephew in your arms and took a snapshot, but all a jury will see is that you smiled happily while cradling an infant.
  • Speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and counsel you on how to properly handle social media for the duration of your legal case.

Be cautious about your social media postings (Something to always keep in mind, regardless of legal matters). Don't jepordize your case on social media.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact our offices to discuss the matter.  We will review the situation with you and let you know what we think may be the best options for you.  There's no cost for consultations.     

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