Statistics tell us that about 79 percent of the U.S. population has a social media profile. On those digital pages, many of us bear our souls; from our ups and downs, to our opinions on just about any given subject.
In this issue, the reputable Los Angeles car accident lawyer RamtinSadighim will discuss the dangers social media can have to your personal injury case, and give you strategic advice on how you can protect your case.
How Can Social Media Be Harmful to My Personal Injury Case?
Never assume that your online posts are completely confidential. No matter how strong your privacy settings are, always assume that others can have access to your page.
Keep in mind that the goal of your personal injury claim is to recover compensation for harm caused by another. The goal of the defense attorney is to minimize the damage you’ve experienced. One thing that’s definitely unfit to do is post pictures or updates of any kind while you have a personal injury case pending, because anything shared on social media is considered evidence.
If your claim involves head and back injuries from a car accident, for example, any photos or video that shows you in what seems to be normal activity will be detrimental to your case.
A greatexample of social media ruining a personal injury case, where defense lawyers presented post-accident photos a woman had posted to her Facebook account. Despite claiming “severe and mental pain,” the photos showed her going to the gym, engaging in daily activities, and enjoying life overall.https://www.theemployerhandbook.com/files/2015/01/Largent.pdf
Can I Post About My Injury?
The best advice is to not post anything at all. Even if you delete posts, hardly any online entry is gone forever.
Ways to protect yourself when using social media:
- Be very selective about what you share online;
- Think about using a highly rated VPN (virtual private network) app; and
- Be careful with your clicks as some apps are actually tools used to spy on you.
Remember, everything you post online – regardless of your privacy settings – can easily become part of public record.
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN INJURED BY A NEGLIGENT DRIVER, CALL RAMTIN SADIGHIM, THE LEADING CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER IN LOS ANGELES
Car accidents can occur in any types of weather. If you’ve been injured by another driver’s carelessness, we want to help you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
For further information or to schedule a consultation, contact the Law Offices of Ramtin Sadighim at 888.999.8744 or visit www.CaliAccidentAttorney.com to learn more.