Can Social Media Hurt your Personal Injury Claim?

Be careful what you post on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter if you’ve filed for a personal injury claim because it can affect your chances of getting compensated. Insurance companies will find every loophole they can to deny you compensation including accessing your social media accounts in search of every little bit of information that they can use against you.

From a personal injury attorney point of view, you’re better off closing all your social networking accounts while your claim is ongoing. Or, you can learn few tips& tricks to keep your account running without you being actively involved. Remember that insurance companies will come looking for any photos of the accident or posts that will give them a hint of how the accident happened and who was to blame.

On top of that, if you choose not to take down your social media accounts, the following tips will come in handy.

Change Your Profile to Private

Set all your social media accounts in a way that limits the number of people who can “search” you.  Social media platforms such as Facebook have settings that allow you to filter who can search you and who cannot. Be sure to set all the privacy setting to the highest levels on each of your social media accounts. In doing so, you will make it hard for insurance companies to access any information that could hurt your injury claim.

Do Talk About the Accident

The easiest way to let out information that would prove valuable to the insurance companies is to talk about the accident. Starting a conversation about your accident on social media sites will trigger questions like, how did it happen? Who was to blame? Did you get injured? Are taking any prescription? What about the treatment?  It would be effortless for an insurance company to pick out information from such a conversation and use it to damage your claim for personal injury.

Never Talk About What Happened to You as a Result of the Accident

You might have sustained injuries that will limit your ability to carry on with your daily activities but do not discuss it on social media when your claim is ongoing. Equally, avoid talking about any events you’ve engaged in since the accident happened even if it is in no way related to the suit. In short, do not divulge any information on what might have taken or is taking place as a result of the accident.

Take Down All Photos and Videos

Remove any pictures or videos of yourself after the injury. Also, do not post any photos of yourself until your claim comes to its conclusion.

Know Who to Befriend

During such a time, you may get friend requests from strangers. Ignore and mark such as spam. Do not accept any invitation from a person you’re not familiar with. Avoid joining social media groups as well. At the same time, go through the list of your friends and unfriend or block anyone you can’t trust.