Social Media Affects Personal Injury Claims
Most car accident and personal injury claims that our clients have stem from an injury they have. These injuries range from muscular, skeletal, back, neck, shoulder, traumatic brain injury and more. What clients are normally looking for is damages for their expenses because of their injury, and damages for pain and suffering.
How Social Media Can Harm Your Personal Injury Case
To prove these damages, clients have friends, witnesses, medical providers, and others testify on behalf of them and their injuries. However, if the client is then seen posting on social media by the defense, that shows the plaintiff uninjured or doing strenuous activity, the plaintiff might not receive as much, or at all. For example, according to Huffington Post, Fotini Kourtesis claimed that, “A rear-end collision left her unable to dance or wrestle with her brother. Facebook pictures showed her being lifted into the air with her brother and dancing after the accident, and the judge ruled against her.”
Other than showing that a plaintiff is not physically injured, and therefore cannot receive damages, social media can also take away the chances of receiving damages for pain and suffering. If the claimant is seen enjoying life, doing activities, hanging out with people and looking generally happy, they have less of a chance to receive any damages.
Everything you put on Facebook or other social accounts are public record, as it lives on the internet. This information is available to use in court, and the defense probably will use it if it is there.
What You Should Do
Do not post anything on social media that you think might detract from your personal injury claim. If you have to question it, just don’t post it. You should also set your account to private and do not accept and new friend requests after that date. Your friends and family or anyone close to the accident should not post anything related to the accident either.
How Social Media can help Your Case
The defendant’s social media account could help your case. If they have not done any of the above suggestions, information on their page might help prove fault. Their social media could also prove their behavior patterns could have affected the accident, depending on the case.
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