3 Ways Social Media Posts Can Harm Your Case

Have you found yourself mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram lately? As the summer rainstorms and COVID-19 restrictions keep people indoors, social media can be a great way to waste time—but it’s also a valuable tool for staying connected and informed. While you’re posting on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media websites, though, it’s important to be aware of what you’re posting, especially if you’re in the middle of a personal injury case. Here are 3 ways social media can harm your case, plus some tips for practicing safe social media habits.

3 Ways Social Media Posts Can Harm Your Case

Your injuries could be mischaracterized or misconstrued

If you post pictures of yourself on social media that show you enjoying activities or outings, a jury or defense attorney could use those photos are evidence that you are not really injured, or that your injury is not as bad as you say it is. For example, imagine you post a picture of yourself at the beach. Someone might see the picture and assume you are not injured, not knowing that you were in severe pain.

Comments could contradict your case

If you post about your injuries or your case on social media, your friends and family might—understandably—want to express their support or ask questions about what’s happening. Unfortunately, your responses to their comments could accidentally contradict the facts of your case, or the comments from your friends could give a jury or defense attorney the wrong idea. Your tone when talking to friends online might be casual or joking, but a defense attorney could still use a joke to show that you’re faking an injury or only seeking a big settlement.

Even when you’re careful, geotags can still thwart your case.

When you post on social media, your location may show up along with your post. Even if you are being very careful about what you’re posting, these location tags could still pose an issue by showing where you are or what locations you’re visiting. For example, if your Facebook location tag shows that you’re at a ski resort while you’re supposed to be recovering from an injury, it could be used to show that you are taking a vacation or that your injury is not that serious.

These are just a few of the dangers of posting on social media during a personal injury case. After everything you’ve worked for to find justice and compensation, the last thing you want is to have your case ruined by a simple social media post. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to make sure your social media posts don’t harm your case.

Tips for Posting on Social Media

  • If possible, avoid all social media for the duration of your personal injury case
  • If you do keep your social media accounts, make sure they are set to private, so that only people you are friends with can see your posts
  • Refrain from posting about your case online
  • Avoid posting anything related to physical activity, like a family vacation or your weekly yoga class, as these could be easily misinterpreted to show that your injury is not as severe as it you say it is
  • Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t want a defense attorney or jury member to see

Be Smart!

Simply put: think before you post! This is great advice at all times, but is especially important when you are pursing a personal injury case.

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The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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