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It is common for people to post real-time events on social media. The posts and events can have a variety of topics. People post about food or, in some cases, a controversial article or picture. However, when people file claims in Court for personal and physical injuries. But posting photos of bungee jumping the following week can cause problems for your case. Insurance adjusters and opposing attorneys are well-known for scouring the internet and social media posts.
They find social media posts that may damage you and your case in Court. When you are involved in a lawsuit, it is vital to be mindful of social media posts. Social media is powerful and ever-present in our lives and is beneficial (positively or negatively) in communicating a state of mind. However, there are many pitfalls to the use of social media. For example, even though someone is posting a happy picture, it may not necessarily be true that they are thrilled at that moment. Social media, for all of its use, lacks context and background. However, explaining to a jury why you are smiling in pictures two days after a horrible accident is never a comfortable experience.
Post this, Not That!
It is not helpful for your case if you post on social media in a way that negates what you claim in Court. To avoid such mistakes, you should take immediate precautions and exercise restraint when posting on your social media accounts. The list of precautions is limitless, but here are some common ways to protect yourself on social media.
(1) Avoid posts about the accident, as these posts are prime targets insurance companies would like to see and use against you.
(2) Avoid mentioning anything about your medical condition, injuries, treatments, recovery process, or feelings about your health.
(3) These updates could conflict with the statements you present to the Court and hurt your case.
(4) Increase your privacy settings so that individuals you do not know cannot access your personal information.
(5) Perform a Google search of your name to see what insurance companies would know if they did the same. Make any listings you do not want others to see private, or remove them altogether.
Social Media Sites
At Houston Injury Lawyers, we have heard many times from a client that their social media posts are OK. Or that they post under another name. However, this overlooks the simple fact that a common request in the discovery process of a lawsuit is to request a person’s social media handles. Additionally, email addresses and verification of all social media sites in which a person has an account. Social media sites are often subpoenaed for this information. Many folks mistakenly believe their data is encrypted or can’t be found. As such, the issue doesn’t come up until they are faced with answering questions in Court. Questions about their chats and posts. Never assume that just because you may post under a different name or that your chats are “encrypted,” – that this information won’t be found or acquired.
In general, if you have a phone, you certainly have one or more social media apps on your phone. Understanding how your posts and everyday life events on social media can affect your legal rights is essential.
At Houston Injury Lawyers, we believe in strict management of your case, which involves reading all emails and social media posts. It also includes reviewing text messages and pulling clients off social media sites. And indeed, we ask our clients to check with us before posting social media content so that the bars cannot use it against them later. The client’s entire case gets prepared swiftly and effectively to obtain finality. This approach ensures nothing is left to chance.
Physical, Emotional, and Financial Recovery from Injuries
We help clients tip the balance of justice into their favor through our years of experience and expertise and our vigorous representation of injured clients. Our care and preparation are the keys to our success.
The lawyers at Houston Injury Lawyers, PLLC, can help you navigate this issue and answer any questions that you may have. If you want to speak to someone about your situation or for a free consultation, call our office at (713) 366-HURT (4878)—Tip the Balance in Your Favor.