Social Media and Your Personal Injury Claim
Know and Protect Your Legal Rights with a Doan Law Firm Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are like a majority of Americans, you make use of at least one social
media website. The most commonly utilized social media venues at this
time include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. There
are hundreds of other social media sites with smaller, although not negligible,
You may be like a tremendous number of individuals, from all walks of life
and of all ages, who chronicle the doings of your life in a good amount
of detail on one or another social media venue. In fact, you may play
out your comings and goings on multiple social medial platforms.
You may find yourself playing a risky game when it comes to widely using
social media in the aftermath of an accident in which you sustained a
personal injury. A stark reality is that your use of social media could
have a detrimental impact on your personal injury claim.
Following an accident caused by someone else's negligence, a key step
you must take to best protect your rights and interests is to retain the
services of a skilled, experienced personal injury lawyer. The Doan Law
Firm is home to a legal team that includes sharp, tenacious, and committed
personal injury lawyers, all of whom can be reached at (800) 349-0000.
A Doan Law Firm personal injury lawyer can assist you in understanding
what you should and should not do following an accident, including when
and how your should use social media.
It's Not a Privacy Issue
Time and again, people post something on social media that comes back to
haunt them. Whether this be in an employment setting, or even in the midst
of a personal injury lawsuit, something posted at a social media website
ends up having a negative impact. This can negatively impact a person's
attempt to get a job, a an existing course of employment, or even an attempt
to obtain compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
With surprising regularity, a person who regrets the impact of something
he or she posted on social media cries "privacy!" The reality
is that if you post something on social media, and if that something ends
up impacting you in a negative manner, you cannot cry foul under the guise
of privacy. By the very nature of social media, the moment you post something
at such a venue, it is public.
If you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, and you post something
online that goes against your interests in your case, you cannot try to
have it excluded from consideration in court on a claim of privacy. With
the assistance of a well-seasoned personal injury attorney, you may be
able to limit the damage associated with this type of occurrence, however.
Social Media Posts and Your Physical Injury Claim
Odds are a major element of your personal injury case is that you sustained
physical injuries as the result of someone else's negligence. As a
result, you likely are seeking compensation for losses like medical bills
but also to provide you financial recovery for pain and suffering.
As you pursue an insurance claim, or a lawsuit, you have to be very sure
you never post anything online that will contradict your claims for actual
physical injuries or pain and suffering. As elementary as this admonition
seems, it is violated time and again by people in personal injury cases.
For example, even while recovering from physical injuries, even when you
are in pain as a result of your injuries, you may be physical able to
go with your friends to a nightclub. However, you must make absolutely
certain that you do not engage in activities that potentially jeopardize
not just your physical recovery, but your legal case.
Keep in mind that it's not just photos that can play a role in harming
your personal injury claim. What you write on Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere
can also cause damage to your case if you do not take care in what is posted.
In addition, you need to wean yourself off of taking photos of your self
when you are out and about. While there may be perfectly acceptable reasons
why you are at a certain location, reasons that do not in anyway contradict
the claims you make in your case, you can transmit the wrong impression.
In a personal injury case, even perception matters.
Social Media Posts and Your Emotional Distress Claim
If your case includes a claim for emotional distress, you also need to
take great care in what you post. If your social media feeds are filled
with happy events, enjoyable recapitulations of your day, you actually
may be laying the groundwork for an insurance company to use in defending
against your emotional distress claim.
Once again, a skilled personal injury attorney can assist you in navigating
through these waters. A lawyer from our firm can provide you with guidelines
to assist you in maintaining your social media existence in an appropriate
manner, as you seek a claim for justice and compensation.
Retain a Personal Injury Attorney from The Doan Law Firm
The best way you can protect your rights and interests is to be proactive
in obtaining legal representation in your case. A personal injury attorney
from The Doan Law Firm stands ready to meet with you immediately to discuss
your case. In fact, you can make an appointment to meet with a personal
injury attorney from our firm right now by calling (800) 349-0000.
We can schedule a meeting with you to discuss your case at one of our firm's
offices, located across the United States. We can also arrange for a consultation
at your home or a video consultation online, as your circumstances require.
There is no fee charged for a preliminary meeting with a Doan Law Firm
personal injury lawyer.