How to Stay Safe on Social Media During a Personal Injury Case
“Should I stay off social media during my personal injury case?”
Social media is something that we utilize multiple times a day, whether it’s sending emails, posting photos, or checking in with friends and family. While social media, in its many forms, is an incredible tool that keeps us plugged into the world around us, it can also be detrimental when it comes to your personal injury case. Immediately after sustaining an injury, stop posting and interacting on social media. This includes “liking,” commenting, or uploading information in any way. Even a simple statement like “I got in accident. We’re fine” can get misconstrued by the insurance companies to try to prove you have suffered no injury.
Before social media came around, private investigators were hired to ensure that you weren’t doing anything out of the scope of your ability due to your injury. But now, insurance companies can monitor and track your activity via your social media accounts. And not only can they see what you are posting on a day-to-day basis, but they can also store that information in the event that it gets deleted after posting. If you are claiming an injury that prevents you from doing certain activities, it’s in your best interest to not do those activities, and even more important that you don’t portray those activities on social media.
If you cannot avoid social media during your personal injury case, consider these 5 tips before the next time you log in:
- Do not take “selfies” or group photos.
- Do not accept friend requests or messages sent from people you do not personally know.
- Do not allow friends or family to talk about your personal injury case online.
- Do not send any emails, text, direct messages, etc., to anyone other than your lawyer.
- Do not delete anything that already exists on your social profiles.
Don’t let social media ruin your personal injury case. At Flager & Associates, we urge you to always ensure that your privacy settings are set to the highest degree, and we encourage you to always think before you share. Click here for more tips for keeping your social media profiles safe during a personal injury case.