How Social Media Can Affect a Personal Injury Case
There are several things you need to do if you get hurt in any sort of accident. None of these things involves posting about your injuries on social media. In fact, this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Despite California injury lawyers warning people about this, people still do it all the time.
Most People are Tempted to Post on Social Media
So many people seem like they’re almost addicted to posting on social media. This is why we get to see what some people ate for breakfast every morning. Nothing is too minor to share online. One thing you don’t want to do is post about your accident or injuries online. While you’re not trying to do anything wrong, you could accidentally post or share something that will hurt your case.
Nothing is Ever Truly Deleted on Facebook
When you post something on Facebook, it never really goes away. The defendant can simply do a search and find your profile. They can take a screenshot of your post and comments. If you delete the post, it means nothing. They’ll still have the screenshot to prove what was said.
Don’t Make Your California Injury Lawyers Job Harder than It Already Is
Your California injury lawyer is going to have to prove that the other party was negligent. This means they’ll need to prove the following:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- They breached this duty
- You were injured
- Your injuries were caused by the defendant’s breach
If they’re able to prove these four (4) elements, they may be able to get you damages. You’ll still have to prove that you were hurt. They’ll also need to submit evidence showing how much your damages really are.
The Defendant Will Use Your Posts Against You
Even if you say something innocent, the defendant will find a way to use it against you. For example, you may have a friend comment about how you can finally get rid of your ugly car. The defendant will argue that you got into the crash on purpose so you could get a new car out of it. Or, if you’re involved in a slip and fall, one of your friends may post something about how you’ve always been clumsy. This can hurt your case. Rather than make things easier for the defendant, keep away from Facebook if at all possible.
Talk to a Skilled California Injury Lawyer Today
If you’ve been hurt in any sort of accident, the last thing you want to do is post about it on social media. As tempting as it may be, no good can come from it. The defendant is going to watch everything you post and use it against you. If this happens, you’ll be making your California injury lawyer’s job harder than it has to be. As hard as it may be, you need to refrain from using social media until your case is settled. The last thing you want to do is give the other attorney ammo to use against you.
If you aren’t sure what to do next, call and talk to one of our experienced California injury lawyers today. They can review your case and see how strong it is. If your claim has merit, they can help negotiate a settlement with the defendant’s insurance company. If your claim isn’t worth pursuing, they’ll tell you that too. You can count on your attorney being honest with you. Call today and set up your free, initial consultation. The defendant will have an attorney working for them and you should too.