How Social Media Can Affect Your Personal Injury Case

May 1, 2016 — by Joe Horrox
Tags: Personal Injury

A keyboard with an FAQ buttonWe've seen so many articles over the years about privacy being invaded. This includes phones being hacked, identity theft, stolen information, and leaked information. These are all important concerns with regard to your safety online, and these matters can all have a bearing on your personal life as well as the success of personal injury litigation that may be in progress.

These concerns are why the team at Joe Horrox Law in Daytona Beach provides lots of advice to clients on how they can protect themselves in the new digital age. What many people don't realize is that they may be their own worst enemy, undermining their best interests through seemingly innocent and harmless posts on social media.

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Are Not Always Your Friend

Social media is great since it can help you get in touch with old friends and keep up with your loved ones, but it can also be dangerous. When you post something, it can potentially come back to haunt you if you have an injury case.

For instance, say you post a photo of yourself running on a beach after a serious auto accident that led to long-term injury. The fact you're on a beach after that injury can cast a pall of suspicion over your injury claim. There may be a story or context to that photo, but the mere existence of the image is damning and can lead to many issues in your case.

Be Careful About Oversharing on Social Media

The best option to consider is to avoid oversharing on social media. If you find yourself hesitating about posting something, it's best to just not post it. Playing it safe is better than unintentionally undermining your case. The same goes for checking in at different locations on social media. Best to avoid providing fuel for speculation whenever possible.

Ask Your Friends and Family to Not Post About You

More importantly, be sure to ask friends and family members to not post anything about you on social media unless they get your permission first. Better to be safe than sorry.

Manage Your Privacy Settings

Another important option to consider is to change your privacy settings on your social media sites. This will help ensure that only the people you trust see your posts. By combining careful posts with smart privacy strategies, you will avoid undermining your case.

Taking a Social Media Break May Not Be a Bad Idea

If anything, you may want to use your case as an excuse to take a break from social media. Not posting at all or just posting just once a month will allow you to focus on more important things in life, such as your injury case. There's nothing wrong with taking a break from Facebook--you may even enjoy it.

Speak with Joe Horrox About Your Case

To learn more about personal injury cases and what you can do to help ensure a good resolution to your case, be sure to contact our personal injury law firm today. The legal team at Joe Horrox Law will help you make smart choices during every stage of your case.

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