Can Social Media Affect My Personal Injury Case?
We share just about everything on social media these days. From writing about the details of our trips to Starbucks on Facebook to a play-by-play of vacation pics on Instagram. And then there’s the desire to vent about work and life in general on Twitter; it’s all out there for the world to see. While the majority of what we share is either for entertainment or for personal desire, there comes a time when you need to step back and ask yourself, “Is this safe to share?”
Following an accident, whether it be work-related or a personal injury case, you must consider how sharing the details of your accident on social media will affect the outcome of your case. Even the slightest mention of the accident can impact how your case is perceived in a court of law.
Social Media and Your Personal Injury Claim: What Should Know
Just a couple of years ago it required private investigators and detectives to physically follow a person in order to learn key details about their life. Today, the majority of what investigators need to know is available online and a large amount of what their looking for has been made available by us.
If you have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, or any online social media account, it is likely that the details of your life are somewhere to be found on the internet. Be it your current occupation, where you live, your marital status, how many children you have children, or what you had for dinner on March 18, 2015 — there is some level of detail about your life that is public.
When you become injured following an accident, it is critical to refrain from sharing any type of information that relates to your accident. Why? As you pursue legal action, the entity or person you are suing will be examining every detail of your life. From whether you returned to work following your injuries to any details as to how the accident unfolded — this information matters when it comes to your personal injury case.
For example, you could have injured your leg and been unable to return to work. Let’s say a week later you post a picture of you at your granddaughter’s birthday party and in the picture that was sharing with your friends and family via Facebook it appears that you’re standing perfectly fine, uninjured. However, what the photo does not reveal is that your arm was clenched tightly on the table as you pressed down to hold yourself up just to snap a quick ten-second picture of you and your four-year-old granddaughter.
Take Precaution and Speak With an Attorney
Your desire to share details of your accident on social media may come from a place of sincerity and as a coping mechanism. Unfortunately, when you’re going after a large trucking company and its’ driver, it’s easy for them to use any details of your accident and turn them around. For these and other reasons, it’s best to seek legal assistance and guidance from a personal injury attorney.
Our experienced personal injury attorney, Humberto Enriquez, will guide your case and advise you as to what you should and should not do following your accident. Mr. Enriquez knows that cases involving large corporations or private businesses can be extremely complicated, which is why he will provide the dedication your case needs in order for you to receive compensation that reflects your injuries and other damages.
Consult With an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in El Paso Today
Following an accident comes one of the most difficult times in your life: the recovery phase. Not only will you need to recover physically but you’ll need assistance returning to life as normal. Don’t face these challenges alone!
Contact The Enriquez Law Firm today. Our firm represents victims in El Paso and Las Cruces.