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Can Social Media Affect My Personal Injury Case?

Updated: Aug 28

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It's best to avoid posting during the duration of your case. Social Media can affect your personal injury case.

Most people think that their private lives and social media accounts have nothing to do with their legal matters. Evidence is the key to any legal matter, so anything you post to social media could be used against you during the duration of your personal injury case.

It is best to look at the insurance company as if they were the CIA. Always assume that they are monitoring all of your social media accounts. If you say or post something that contradicts your own testimony, it may ruin your case.

Imagine if you claim that your left ankle is broken and causes you tremendous pain, and then you post on social media that you went surfing, the defense is going to challenge your injuries.

What if I make my page private?

Understand that nothing you share online is going to be fully private, but making your account private can help. For each social media platform, you use, take a few minutes to make it private.

For Instagram

Step 1: First you need to open the Instagram app on your Android or iOS device.

Step 2: Then go to your profile, then tap Settings.

Step 3: From the given option tap Privacy and then Account Privacy.

Step 4: Next you need to tap next to Private Account to make your account private.

Is it bad if I post about my accident?

People always have the urge to let others know when something bad has happened to them. It's crucial to make sure you are not posting photos of your accident because your attorney may not want your insurance company having access to certain photos. Once something is online, everyone has access to it.

Social Media is great for networking, but it will not help your personal injury claim. What you and your friends post can negatively impact your case. It's best to avoid posting during the duration of your case.

If you or someone you know have been injured in California, do not hesitate to contact the experienced accident attorneys at State Law Firm at (818) 477-0773. #CALLMYLAWYER

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