Can Social Media Posts Negatively Impact Your Personal Injury Claim?
Social media can be a great tool when it comes to staying in touch with family and friends or sharing pictures. However, personal information that is shared on social media can be used against us – especially in a personal injury case.
After all, an insurance adjuster’s job is to save the company money and therefore they will do almost anything in their power to do so, including searching social media accounts to see if there are any posts that contradict your claim. When it comes to requesting damages for an injury, insurance adjusters may use your social media accounts to call the following into question:
- The extent of your injuries
Social media is a place that people often take to for the purpose of showing only the best parts of their lives. Most do not post about their personal struggles, hardships, or true state of mind. But because of this, a picture of you at an indoor rock climbing gym may raise questions by the opposing party concerning your claim of debilitating back pain. You may have sat in a chair the whole time, except for when that picture was taken, but the image could cause others to question the true extent of your injuries.
- The amount of your damages
A seemingly innocent photo of you at the movies with friends can be used by the opposing party to try to prove that the financial hardships you claim you are facing are not true. Regardless if your friend bought you the ticket and candy, there is no proof of that and therefore an adjuster could use this to lower your settlement for much less than what you truly deserve.
- Your true emotional state
Certain accidents may provide you with a claim for emotional stress. However, when you are seen smiling in a picture of you out at a bar with friends, it can call into question whether or not you are actually struggling – whether fair or not.
Unfortunately, everything from comments on the pictures and posts of others to “check-ins” that share your location can be used against you. It is important that you always assume that everything on the internet is visible to the public, regardless of what privacy settings you use. It is for these reasons that it is best to abstain from the use of social media until your case has been resolved.
Consult with a Highly Qualified Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another, the experienced Connecticut Personal Injury Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm can help you to fight for the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 203-876-2711 today!