Updated: Aug 28
Believe it or not- your social media posts could damage your personal injury claim. The opposite party's insurance company wants to pay you as little as possible so, they will be checking your social media for evidence they can use against you. They do this to make sure you are really as injured as you claim you are. For example, if you are claiming back injuries but post a Tik Tok of yourself flipping into a pool, you may be damaging your case.
Here are some social media mistakes to avoid after filing a personal injury claim:
Do not post photos of where you are
We all have the urge to post a photo at the gym or at the beach riding bikes, but posts like this may negatively affect your case. It is not a great look if you claim extreme neck pain, but post videos of you on the squat rack at LA fitness. This shows that you are not really as injured as you claim you are.
Make sure family members and friends don't post about your accident
Investigators can easily find your mom's Facebook page. Make sure that she isn't posting about how thankful she is that you are not injured. These types of posts by family and friends can be highly detrimental to your case.
Do not share details about your accident
We know that being in a car accident is extremely traumatic, but avoid posting about the accident as the insurance companies may use the information against you.
Do not post videos or photos pertaining to the accident
Resist the temptation to post anything that may be evidence in your case. You don't want anyone having access to anything your lawyer has not approved.
Do not post regrets or apologies
Even if you think you are at fault, NEVER admit it or apologize to anyone after the accident, especially on social media. There may be details about the case that actually change the liability.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the experienced car accident attorneys at State Law Firm. Call us at (818) 477-0773 for a free consultation.