Social Media and Your Personal Injury Case: Do’s and Don’ts

A phone with social media apps diplayedMany of us are on multiple social media platforms. It can be a fun way to keep up with friends and family, share our daily frustrations, or express our excitement about major life events. Unfortunately, social media can jeopardize your personal injury case if you aren’t careful. In this post, we’ll give you some tips to make sure your social media profiles don’t become the focus of your claim. 

Founded in 1992, the personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd provide our clients with timely legal advice that is relevant to your life. We work with clients in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia. From car accidents to work injuries, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 1-888-474-9616 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help. 

Don’t Leave Your Profile Public

Every social media platform allows you to set your profile to public or private. If you aren’t familiar with this distinction, public means that anyone can see anything you post – they don’t have to follow you or be “friends” with you. Private means that only the people who follow you can see your posts. That said, even if your profile is private, be aware that things you post may be shared with or be visible to people outside of your network. Regularly check your privacy settings so that you are fully aware of who can view the content you post. 

Do: Set your profile to private, check your privacy settings, and understand who can view your content. 

Don’t Go into Detail

It’s fine to let people know that you’ve been in an accident and that you’ve been injured. However, resist the temptation to go into detail. If someone is pressing you for more information, ask them to give you a call. While this may seem like a headache, keep in mind that anything you put in writing may later be sought as evidence. At a minimum, you don’t want anything you say on social media to be used as evidence to undermine your claim. 

If you do post about your accident on social media, you want to specifically avoid describing the cause of your accident, the extent of your injuries, or anything else that may be scrutinized later. 

Do: Keep as much information about your accident off social media as possible. 

Don’t Post Pictures That Can Be Used Against You

The ability to instantaneously share pictures is one of the best things about social media. However, even innocent photos can be used against you. The can be used to show that you aren’t actually injured or that your injuries are less serious than you claim. 

Do: Before sharing your photos on social media, consider how they might be used against you by those who are responsible for your accident.

Injured in an Accident? Contact the Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Slappey & Sadd

At Slappey & Sadd, we know that your case goes beyond the courtroom – that’s why we work with our clients every step of the way until they get the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been injured and don’t know where to turn, contact us at 1-888-474-9616 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation to learn about how we can help you.