Seeking immediate medical attention, filing a police report, never admitting any fault, and hiring a personal injury attorney are all part of the plan; but relinquishing details or making statements concerning your accident, online, is not.
Continue reading to learn some common social media mistakes to avoid so to not jeopardize your accident claim.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
Social media can quickly sabotage a personal injury lawsuit in several ways. With the new rise of various social media portals and websites, we are still learning how they affect other aspects of our lives. We must understand that social media can now be used as evidence against individuals. For example, an employer can reprimand an employee that calls in sick to work, and then posts pictures of themselves at the beach the same day. The same idea can be applied to lawsuits and trial. Social media pictures and posts can sometimes be used as evidence in a court of law. Here are the three most common mistakes personal injury victims can make after filing a lawsuit against a negligent party:
Disclosing Confidential Requisites of Settlements
Many lawsuits that settle out of court will require both parties to sign a non-disclosure agreement. This agreement is used to prevent either party, or family and friends of each party, to say anything about the opposing party. Leaking or revealing confidential terms of settlements and trial details can be illegal under this agreement. Many people do not think about their social media sites as a means of breaking such agreements, but they are indeed. It is mandatory to refrain from mentioning anything about a lawsuit or settlement, online or anywhere else.
Posting Incriminating Footage or Photography
Videos, pictures, and even blogs can be incriminating in a personal injury lawsuit. For instance, if a person is pursuing a slip and fall lawsuit after suffering a broken pelvis at work, the might not want to post a video of themselves practicing their golf swing anytime soon. The opposing insurance company or counsel will surely use this as evidence against an injury-compensation claim. Photos and pictures can also jeopardize an injury case.
Making Aggressive or Threatening Statements
It is very common for people to express negative and angry feelings online and on social media portals; however, in a personal injury case, this is a big mistake that can cost a person their case. Making threatening or intimidating statements about the opposing party is a bad idea. This is especially true for corporations. Although online social media posting is legal, it can gravely hurt a victim’s chances of recovering remuneration for their damages in a personal injury accident. It will only guarantee a case going to trial; where such videos, photos, and postings can be used against them in a court of law.
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