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Why You Should Never Post About Your Accident on Social Media

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In today’s world, nearly every adult has some form of social media,whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Social media has proven to provide a wide array of exciting possibilities and opportunities, particularly for those who enjoy sharing their thoughts, emotions, and lives online. However, many people do not realize the power of social media and how damaging it can be, especially in terms of the law. You may have experienced the regret of posting something you wish you hadn’t, only to go back and delete it later. While this may have little to no consequences in your personal life, this all changes following an accident or injury at the hands of another.

When someone is injured due to the negligence or misconduct of another,social media can in advertently return to hurt them later. Sometimes, victims of injury may post a photo of their damaged vehicle or update their friends about the experience they have just endured. Though this may seem like innocent behavior for someone who is not at fault for the incident, the truth can quickly be manipulated to alleviate the guilty party of any responsibility. In fact, it is a common practice for insurance companies to use social media as evidence to devalue an otherwise credible claim.

Silence Is Golden

No matter what you post, it is crucial you keep in mind that staying active on social media opens the door for your claim to be questioned, misinterpreted,or belittled. For example, a photo that depicts you smiling with your friends may be used to indicate that your injuries are not truly as severeas they seem. Also, social media can track your location and the defense is guaranteed to source your posts to find mistakes in your claim. If you are fighting for fair compensation after an unexpected injury or accident,everything you say or do online will be scrutinized until your case is resolved. This is true regardless of whether you are negotiating a settle mentor fighting for justice in court.

Therefore, the best practice is to cease social media participation entirely. While deleting your old posts is not allowed, be vigilant about what you share, keep your profiles private, and do not allow strangers to follow or have access to your accounts.

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