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Social media can hurt your personal injury claim

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2023 | Personal Injury

Social media has become second nature to almost everyone in today’s world. It is not unusual for someone to share details online about their everyday life with family and friends. However, it helps to watch your social media activity if you have an ongoing personal injury claim.

Your photos, videos and statements you make can hurt your claim and prevent you from getting the settlement you deserve. Here is why you should be wary of what you put out there.

Your posts could be misinterpreted

Suppose you claim that the injuries you suffered prevent you from enjoying everyday life or impede your physical abilities but share a video on a hike with friends before your claim is settled. In such a case, insurance adjusters can use what you shared to downplay the extent and effects of the injuries on your life and may negatively affect the amount of compensation you can recover.

You may contradict your statements

The version of events you share on social media may be different from the statements you recorded with the police or the insurance company about the accident. It can cast doubts about your honesty which could work against you or lengthen the investigations as the insurer seeks to establish the truth.

Damaging comments from friends and families

Your post may attract comments that could hurt your claim. For instance, an innocent remark made on a light note by a friend to ‘milk the insurer dry’ may be used to show that you are exaggerating your damages to take advantage of the situation.

Refrain from social media

Silence is golden. Keep away from social media if you have an ongoing personal injury claim, and avoid sharing details of your accident or claim with outside parties. It could cost you a lot.

Lastly, consider having informed guidance on the do’s and don’ts when navigating a personal injury claim. That way, you will avoid mistakes that could hurt your chances of getting what you deserve in compensation.