These days we use social media the same way that we brush our teeth; it has become something of a habit. Sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn keep us connected to people and information the world over. But while there are many positives that have come from social media, it has also contributed to some negative aspects of society. Just as we can easily access information about millions of people with the click of a mouse, they too can gain information about us quite easily as well.
So how can social media impact the recovery of a personal injury case? When someone sues another person (or entity) for damages, the other party will do the best that it can to diminish or altogether eliminate the legitimacy of their claims. They attempt to do so using any relevant evidence that they can provide. On their journey to disprove your claims, they may just turn to your social media accounts.
Your Social Media Can Be Used Against You
Your social media accounts can provide evidence that can be used against you whether or not it’s warranted. From pictures and videos to comments and location tags, what you (or those around you) put online can have a big impact on the amount of compensation to which you will be entitled.
For example, if someone claims that they have suffered a bad back injury in a car accident but posts a picture of themselves at the gym, it can be used by the defense to demonstrate that you couldn’t possibly be as injured as you claim. It’s irrelevant whether or not you even worked out. A friend could have begged you to come so that you could get out of the house and you could have spent the entire time sitting in discomfort except for when that photo was taken. But unfortunately, it’s all about how things look. The defense will more than likely use things like this to its advantage.
The defense may even leverage your social media to try to disprove your claim for emotional distress. “You are smiling in the picture, so clearly you don’t look ‘unhappy.’” Pictures, words, videos, and “likes” can all be used to your disadvantage.
Set Your Profiles to Private
Although it’s always in your best interest to assume that whatever is posted online can be seen by anyone, since private messages and accounts cannot be accessed without either a warrant or consent, they are not considered public record. Only that which you post “publicly” online and can be legally accessed is up for grabs. Therefore it’s always the best policy to set your profiles to private and ask that your closest family and friends do so too. But rather than worry about remembering to set all of your profiles to private, it is advised that you stay off of social media throughout the duration of your case. Before taking any actions you should always consult with a qualified Ohio personal injury attorney.
The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured Due to Someone Else’s Negligence
If you or a loved one has been injured by someone’s negligent actions, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury Attorney.
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati Personal Injury attorneys have a long history of helping our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!