The use of Social Media has caused many issues in the legal realm:
Social Media was introduced to the worldwide web in 1996. To this date, social media has managed to infiltrate half of the 7.7 billion people globally. Social network platforms almost tripled their total user base in the last decade, from 970 million in 2010 to the number passing 4.48 billion users in July 2021. Facebook is the leading social network with 2.9 billion monthly active users, followed by YouTube (2.3 billion), WhatsApp (2 billion), FB Messenger (1.3 billion), and WeChat (1.2 billion). However, the use of social media has caused many issues in the legal realm.
It is widespread for people to post real-time events on social media. The posts and events can have a variety of topics. People post about their food or a controversial or hateful article. However, the problem is when people file claims in court for personal and physical injuries, but still, post pictures of bungee jumping the following week. The posts allow insurance adjusters and their attorneys to use (images, videos, or audio) against you in court. It is vital to be mindful of social media posts when you are involved in a lawsuit. The power of social media is the fact that it communicates a state of mind. Even though someone is posting a happy picture, it is not true that they are thrilled, but it does express an essential aspect of your experience in life.
This can be a bad sign for your case if you are posting on social media in a way that negates what you are claiming in court. To avoid such mistakes, you should take immediate precautions and direct control of all 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 types of posts are prime targets that 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 types of updates could conflict with the statements a personal injury lawyer presents 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 see if they did the same. Try to make any listings that you do not want others to see private or remove them altogether.
In general, if you have a phone, you certainly have one or more of the social media apps on your phone. It is important to understand how your posts and everyday life events on social media can affect your legal rights. At Houston Injury Lawyers, we believe in strict management of your cases which involves reading all emails before they are sent to insurance companies, reviewing text messages, pulling clients off social media sites so no material can be used against them. The client’s entire case gets prepared swiftly and effectively to obtain finality. This approach ensures nothing is left to chance.
If you were involved in a crash and looking for attorneys to win your case, call Houston Injury Lawyers PLLC at (713) 366-HURT.
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