eight out of every 10 people in the U.S. use some type of social media, including Facebook, Twitter,
LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. By the end of 2016, Facebook alone had
nearly 2 billion active monthly users worldwide and Twitter logs about
328 million users each month. That’s a lot of people ready and waiting to hang on
your every word. For keeping up with friends and family, you couldn’t
ask for a better solution, especially if your loved ones are spread across
states, countries, or even continents.

Of course, there is such a thing as too much sharing, and what you share
could have a significant — and negative — impact on your life.
For instance, data from law enforcement agencies show criminals often
use social media to keep track of unsuspecting victims’ vacation
plans, looking for posts about upcoming or ongoing trips to discern when
homes will be empty. Employers also routinely take advantage of social
sharing by checking out job candidates’ online personas to help
determine which candidates may not be the best choice for open positions.

And now, it seems sharing too much about an accident could wind up costing
you big when it comes to a personal injury lawsuit.

The Price of Social Sharing

Sure, sharing details about your
accident and your injuries can be helpful in keeping friends and relatives up to
date, but they’re not the only ones interested in your health and
welfare. Insurance companies also frequently take to the Internet to see
what you’re posting in the hopes they can refute your claim and
deny compensation.

This means you need to be very careful when posting on any social platform
after an accident to prevent unwittingly damaging your case. Ideally,
you won’t share any information about your accident, your injuries,
or your case at all on social media sites.

But what if you just can’t help yourself? How much can you share?
Here are a few quick guidelines:

  • Don’t be emotional. Make your posts concise and factual, providing
    clear, brief updates that can’t be misconstrued or taken out of context.
  • Don’t post any pictures of your injuries, your vehicle, or other property.
  • Don’t post any information about your doctor visits or medical care.
  • Don’t say anything that could be taken as an admission of fault or
    responsibility. Saying something like, “I noticed a couple weeks
    ago my brakes were a little soft” could cause you to have your claim
    devalued or denied outright.
  • Don’t discuss the progress of your personal injury lawsuit.
  • Don’t post anything in chat groups or public forums.
  • Avoid posting about physical activities. A day doing a little gardening
    in your yard could be seen as evidence of having no or few injuries, even
    if the activity is relatively strain-free and approved by your doctor.

Remember that anything you say on social media may be able to be used by
the other side’s insurance company or their attorneys. Make sure
you aren’t giving them any ammunition to use against you.

Follow Your Attorney’s Advice

In a
personal injury lawsuit, your lawyer is more than your legal representative. He or she is also
a valuable source of information and guidance to help you get through
this stressful time of your life. Once you file a personal injury claim,
follow your lawyer’s advice about social media sharing, doctor’s
visits, and any other recommendations that can help you protect your rights
and present the best possible case.

If you’ve suffered a personal injury and you want to learn more about
getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries,
contact The Mellino Law Firm at (440) 333-3800 to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation today.