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Why You Should Avoid Social Media During a Personal Injury Case

Appleton personal injury lawyer social mediaUpdating statuses, posting pictures, and checking into locations online has become a focal point for people of all ages who love to share their experiences with friends, family members, or others in their social circle. For many people, constant connections with hundreds, if not thousands, of friends and followers is part of their daily lives. While having the ability to upload information almost instantly can seem like a great thing, many individuals do not consider the ramifications that could result. Sharing information on topics such as personal injuries could drastically harm any ongoing or upcoming lawsuits. In an era of technology and communication, sometimes it is best to remain quiet.     

Avoid Posting Anything After the Incident

When a person suffers an extensive injury or is involved in a serious car accident, not being able to share information about the event with others may seem difficult. However, when a post is made available online or a picture is uploaded, this could have significant negative effects on a legal case.

Helpful Tips for Social Media

Social media has become a source for instant gratification, and users will commonly share their thoughts or feelings “in the moment” without considering the potential effects of these posts. Sending a tweet or posting a comment has become a reflexive impulse for many individuals today. Some general practices to consider when using social media while in the midst of a personal injury claim include:

  • Update your privacy settings and make your account private.
  • Do not accept any friend requests from people you do not know. 
  • Keep in mind that everything you post could potentially be referenced later.
  • Do not share any information about the ongoing lawsuit.
  • Ask your friends and family to not include you in any posts or pictures. 

The best option available for anyone dealing with an ongoing or future personal injury lawsuit would be to deactivate or “sleep” all social media accounts, but since this is likely not feasible, temporarily refraining from using them is often the best choice.

Contact an Appleton Personal Injury Attorney

Social media can be a great way for a person to express themselves and connect with others, but many people fail to consider the consequences attached to these accounts. If you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, you should be aware that the defendant will search for any possible way to devalue your claim, and you should avoid providing them with anything that could be used against you. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we can provide you with legal advice and representation in your personal injury case, and we will help you understand the steps you can take to increase your chances of success. Contact our dedicated Green Bay personal injury lawyers today at 920-739-7366 for a free initial consultation. 

 

Sources:

https://www.businessinsider.com/judge-explains-how-facebook-social-media-photos-can-be-used-against-you-in-court-2017-5

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