Social media has become ingrained in our daily lives and enables us to
stay connected with friends and family, network professional, keep updated
with current events, and share your experiences with the world. According
to a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center, approximately 65 percent
of adults log into social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or
Twitter—a number which has undoubtedly risen today.
When it comes to a
personal injury claim, however, sharing any sort of information about an injury could
jeopardize a case. So if you suffer an injury, you might want to think
twice before sharing your injury on social media.
The following are common ways social media can have a negative impact on
“I’m okay” posts – After an accident, people often log onto their social media accounts
in order to post a quick message to let others know that you’re
fine and safe. Unfortunately, insurance companies may view this as a sign
that your injuries are not as serious as you have claimed, enabling them
to either reduce your settlement or deny your claim altogether.
Pictures and tags – Whether it’s a ball game or a concert, we all love to share
our experiences throughout social media. However, taking a picture or
tagging yourself in an event may show insurance companies that you are
not suffering or losing the enjoyment of your life.
Comments from friends – Friend’s comments asking you how you feel may appear innocent
enough, but answering them can put your claim at risk.
So when it comes to using social media after an injury, it is wise to avoid
using these platforms until your case has concluded. Ask your friends
and family to avoid tagging you as well.
If you suffered an injury in Florida that was caused by a negligent party,
contact our Dunedin personal injury attorney at
Paulsen Law Group today.