You already know that your social media profile can affect whether or not you get a job interview and how you appear to friends and family. But if you’re suing for personal injury, your social media profile could get in the way. Any post, no matter how benign it seems, might undermine a personal injury case in very damaging ways. If your profile isn’t private already, log in and make it so now.
Social Media Profiles Can Show You’re Healthy
If you’re filing a personal injury case after something like a car accident, part of your case is going to be physical trauma your body suffered. You might have mobility issues, broken bones, or other problems that impede your ability to go about life easily.
However, sometimes social media pictures make you look healthy or able-bodied. Whether or not the pictures truly show the reality of your situation doesn’t matter. If the judge sees the pictures and feels you’re physically well, your case might get thrown out. That happened to a woman named Fotini Kourtesis, whose social media pictures disproved her personal injury claim.
Your Emotional State Might Come Into Play
Personal injury cases also often cover mental distress that comes as a result of an accident. You might be suffering from depression, anxiety, or PTSD because of something that happened to you. Things get tricky with social media because someone snapping a photo of a rare smile, or even posting well wishes on your page, could undermine a depression claim. You need good lawyers to help you advise how to deal with your social media profile because they’ll know how the defense will view and try to use what appears on your pages.
What You Post About the Case Could Ruin Your Claim
The worst decision you can make, however, is to post about the case on your social media profiles. The other side is going to use whatever you say, and the attorneys will find a way to make it advantageous to the defense, no matter what your post actually is.
A Georgia woman named Omiesha Daniels was in a car accident and received a disfiguring scar as a result. Part of her personal injury case hinged on the fact that her enjoyment of life suffered as a result of the accident and the scar. However, while on vacation, she posted tweets that showed her having a good time with her friends. In one, she even mentioned positive feelings toward her scar.
As a result, instead of getting $1 million in damages, she got just over $100,000. The tweet irreparably damaged her case, since it undermined her claims so severely.
Even if your profile is private, you should not post about your accident, your recovery, or your case on social media. Your friends and family can still see those posts, which gives the defense possible outlets to find what’s happening on your social media profiles. Contact the offices of David W. Singer & Associates, P.A. to ensure your social media activity doesn’t damage to your personal injury case.