How Can Social Media Hurt Your New York Personal Injury Case?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC July 15, 2021 Personal injury

Being able to connect with friends and family across the world is a powerful ability. Social media has allowed for a wide range of accessibility and positive action. From nurturing new professional relationships to advocating for human rights, technology and social media are constantly changing our world. 

However, there are times that these influential platforms can have negative impacts on our lives—one of which is in personal injury cases. During the course of a personal injury case, posting on social media can put you at risk of not receiving compensation and force you into unfortunate situations. For legal assistance and guidance on social media use and other aspects of your personal injury case, contact an experienced lawyer who can help you through the process. 

3 Types of Social Media Posts That Can Harm Your Personal Injury Case

When you are in an accident because of someone else’s careless actions, you may be entitled to compensation for medical fees, lost wages, and other financial damages. These expenses can be challenging to pay. There are some things you should refrain from posting when pursuing a personal injury settlement to help improve your chances of a smooth legal process and fair compensation. 

Talking about the Accident 

Discussing the accident can be detrimental to your case. Posting about how you feel or the injuries you have sustained can provide information that you didn’t intend to release. Anything that you post on social media can be used in court, so it is better to stay away from discussing the claim.

Posts with Locations

Your personal injury case might be in jeopardy if there is evidence of you participating in activities after your accident that may make it seem like you are physically well. If you are out having fun with friends or participating in outgoing activities, the defense may argue that your injuries and harm are not as severe as stated in your claim. 

Photos or Videos

Similar to tagging locations, posting videos or pictures can show evidence that may contradict your testimony. When you post photos or videos of yourself living your life soon after getting hurt, the person responsible for your accident may use the information you posted against you.  

The best scenario is to avoid all social media until your claim is resolved.

What Social Media Can You Use During a Personal Injury Case?

The best option is not to post anything yourself; but that does not mean you cannot keep up with your friends and family on Facebook. You might not be able to post pictures with friends or about your life but scrolling through your social media poses less of a risk. Some social media platforms are more dangerous than others; see below for a few examples:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat
  • Tiktok

Instead of posting on these sites, try new Pinterest recipes or watch YouTube videos of cute cats playing with bunnies. It may be challenging to pass the time without your favorite social media platforms, but many alternatives can help. 

Look to Lever & Ecker for Your New York Personal Injury Case

Feeling isolated after an accident is difficult to manage, especially if you cannot talk about it online. However, with the help of friends and family, you will be able to stay connected with those closest to you. 

Our team at Lever & Ecker, PLLC understands how frustrating the aftermath of an accident can be, but with years of combined experience and a passion for helping our clients, we are able to guide you through every step.

For more information on our services and team, call (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632, or fill out our online contact form

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