The average person spends 135 minutes on social media per day. There’s no question that this technology has completely transformed a person’s day-to-day life. Just a decade ago, no one would have even known what social media was. However, today, it’s difficult to even imagine an existence without social media.
People use social media for an array of activities. Sometimes, they post on it without thinking about vacation, dinner, kids, and other information. However, when it comes to a personal injury claim, posting on social media can be a serious problem.
Get to know why it’s never a good idea to post information on social media while you have an ongoing personal injury claim here.
Today’s Insurance Adjusters are Experts at Collecting Evidence
A main duty of an insurance adjuster is to gather as much evidence a possible about a personal injury claimant as possible to refute the claim. In the past, the only sources of information were the police reports, invoices, witness testimony, medical expense reports, auto repair reports, and the testimonials of the parties involved. If you post anything about the accident or the aftermath of an accident, it could produce more evidence that the adjuster may have never been able to acquire alone.
Remember – Nothing Online is Really Private
Even if you keep your social media account son lock down and they are set to private, there is the possibility that someone may see the content, even if you aren’t connected personally. Sometimes, “friends of friends” can see posts. In other cases, a trusted friend may share the post without realizing that you don’t want them to do this.
The Terms of a Confidentiality Agreement May be Violated
Sometimes, the individual responsible for the personal injury you suffered may make a monetary settlement offer to ensure the case doesn’t go to court. Some of these types of settlements include a nondisclosure or a confidentiality agreement. This is designed to keep either of the parties from talking about the case, or the outcome of the case, in any capacity.
If you should sign this agreement is something you should discuss with your attorney. However, if you opt to sign it, you need to adhere to any provisions it outlines. If you post anything about the case or the settlement award you receive on your social media accounts, it’s a clear violation and may result in the settlement being retracted, or even a counter-lawsuit.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
After an accident occurs and as soon as you are physically able, it’s a good idea to contact and utilize the services of a personal injury lawyer. Our team at Fetterman and Associate can provide you with the quality representation you need to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact us as soon as possible to ensure your case has the best chance of success. Also, avoid posting anything about your case or the accident on social media.