Social media plays a large role in many people's lives. However, if you have a personal injury case, there are some potential downsides to using social media. If you must use social media during your injury case, pay close attention to these tips.
1. Limit the Reach of Your Profiles and Posts
Your social media posts, profiles, and other information can become evidence against you. Making your profiles private can help, and taking advantage of the platform's privacy features can help even more. With the right filters in place, you can limit the reach of your profiles and posts significantly.
2. Keep Your Posts Free of Incriminating Information
Insurance companies and lawyers can subpoena social media platforms for information. Even with a private, tightly controlled social media profile, the things you do and say will still exist on the platform's servers. If an insurance company or lawyer seeks that information, they can usually get it.
If you can't leave social media alone completely, make sure your posts don't have anything to do with your case in any way. You must show care because those posts you think are innocent can often work against you in unexpected ways.
In cases where you feel you must discuss something related to your injury case, only speak on things that can help your claim. For example, talk about how your injury makes life more difficult or speak on the hardships caused by so many medical bills.
Nevertheless, the best course of action is to post nothing at all on social media during your case. You never know what seemingly-inconsequential detail can cause you trouble.
3. Monitor the Things Other People Say
Let your friends and family know they shouldn't talk about your case or anything remotely related to it on social media. Equally, you should monitor your social media to find and remove things other people post that might work against you.
If someone tags you in a picture or comment that can cast doubt on your case, ask the person to remove it or remove the tag that associates it with you. Don't assume just because you're watching what you say, other people are doing the same.
Using social media less, or not at all, can help you the most. If you find yourself wondering if you should or shouldn't post something online, err on the side of the caution. Speak to a personal injury lawyer about some practices they would recommend when it comes to using social media during an ongoing injury case.