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Stay Off Social Media If You’ve Suffered a Personal Injury

Social media has crept its way into nearly every facet of our lives, and you may find yourself sharing a bit too much about your life with friends and family. If you’re a member of this category and you happen to suffer a personal injury in the future, your best bet will be to curb your habits and stay off social media channels until your injury has healed and your case has wrapped up. Here’s why:

Your Posts Can Be Used As Evidence

Just as anything you say during an arrest may be used against you in the court of law, the same applies to any posts you make on social media while your personal injury case is going on. For instance, one of your posts may imply that your injuries aren’t as bad as they may seem, even though the amount of compensation sought says otherwise. This can give an insurance company reason to deny your claim, or at the very least severely limit the amount of compensation you receive.

Your Posts Can Destroy Your Case

If you’ve been on social media long enough, then you know it’s common for people to vent their frustrations to anyone who will listen/read. If you choose to do this and speak negatively about the people involved in your personal injury case, you could be damaging your situation through your own actions. You have to remember that at the end of the day, insurance companies are all about making money rather than losing it. If they feel that they can attack your character to deny your claim, you can bet that they’ll do just that. Don’t hand them ammo that they’ll turn right around and use against you.

Your Shared Images May Hurt You

Innocently sharing a picture of your progress can be detrimental to your case as well. If you’re smiling or out and about with friends and family, it can send the message that you aren’t in as much pain, both physical and emotional, as you and your Nevada Personal Injury Lawyer claim. No matter how great you look or feel while injured, refrain from taking pictures of yourself and sharing them online, and be sure your friends and family don’t post images of you online either without your permission. Speaking of friends and family...

Your Friends & Family Can Accidentally Harm Your Case

While you may do a great job of staying off social media during your personal injury case, your friends and family may not understand how imperative it is that they keep you off their social media posts while your case is still ongoing. Sharing your experience with their followers and friends is no different from you sharing your experience with your followers and friends. Insurance companies don’t care who shared the information or image about you, the only thing that matters to them is the fact that the details exist.

It may take considerable willpower for you to stay off all social media channels after suffering a personal injury, but breaking your habits could be just what you need to ensure that your case remains intact. Be sure to put these suggestions to good use, and pass them on to anyone in your life who may become injured due to another’s negligence. 

 
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