How Social Media Can Impact Your Personal Injury CaseTampa Bay Legal News
If you are one of those people who have to regularly check your different social media platforms throughout your day, every day, then that may be fine under normal circumstances. However, if you are in the midst of a civil suit like a personal injury case, one of the best things you can do is stay off social media entirely until your case is resolved, and there is a good reason for this. Using social media while the personal injury claims process is ongoing could impact your case and not in a good way.
If you were injured because of negligent misconduct of another party, then what you do matters. Your actions or inactions can harm your case and jeopardize your ability to recover the compensation you need for your losses. When you connect with an attorney after a Florida personal injury accident like a car crash, your attorney will advise you on what can help your case and what can hurt it. It is likely that your attorney will tell you to seek medical attention for your harm if you have not done so already. They will insist you follow your doctor’s orders, instruct you to keep all of your documentation, and recommend that you skip social media until your case is over.
In Florida, the Tampa personal injury attorneys at Fulgencio Law understand that using social media may be a daily habit. However, when it comes to improving your chances for maximum recovery, disconnecting for the duration of your case is in your best interest.
Why You Should Stay Off Of Social Media During Your Personal Injury Case
At this point, you are likely wondering why it is so critical to stay away from social media and to even lock your accounts during your personal injury case.
First, it is imperative to understand that the insurance company working on your claim and responsible for paying your damages does not want to pay you anything. The adjuster’s role is to dig up information that devalues your claim or that they can use to show that you do not have a valid claim so that they can deny any payment.
Next, to get out of paying, they will be looking for evidence that shows that the party they insure was not negligent and their actions did not injure you. If they can not do that, they will look for evidence to show you are not as severely injured as you say you are. They will also be looking for anything that they can use to shift the blame to you and say that you caused the accident in question.
They will look everywhere for dirt on you, including your social media accounts. The pictures you post, what you say, and what others say to you or about you can all be detrimental to your claim. To avoid giving the insurance company any ammo against you, keeping your accounts private and refraining from social media is a small action you can take to protect yourself and your claim.
Speak with an Attorney at Fulgencio Law Today
For more helpful information on the personal injury claim process in Florida or for assistance with a claim, you are welcome to schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Fulgencio Law. Please call (813) 463-0123 today.