Don’t Post It!
In today’s age of social media, it seems as though many people’s first thoughts are to document and share anything and everything that happens to them. I was at a stop light the other day beside an ambulance with a patient inside. I looked across and into the side window of the ambulance and saw the patient taking a selfie of themselves while the paramedic was working on them. It would not surprise me if moments later that picture appeared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any number of other social media platforms.
For personal injury victims, posting anything regarding the facts of their injury, their condition after the event, their recovery, or even photos of themselves after their injury can come back to bite them down the road.
One of the first things many insurance adjusters do after receiving a new claim is run a social media search on the victim. Adjusters have access to services that will locate every social media account linked to the victim and allow them to view profiles, videos, photos, etc. Many clients have significantly harmed their cases by posting what they felt were completely harmless photos or comments only to have them thrown in their face by an adjuster evaluating a claim or an insurance defense attorney at their deposition.
Adjusters and defense attorneys have become quite good at using a seemingly insignificant family photo of the smiling victim to attack his or her credibility. In the right hands, many posts, photos or videos can be used to harm various areas of an injured victim’s case. Save yourself the completely unnecessary trouble of defending against these types of attacks by not posting anything on social media during the pendency of your claim.
At Snellings Law PC, our sole focus is helping individuals and families injured by someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured, please call us to set up your free consultation at 214-387-0387.