After a serious auto accident it can be difficult to get out and stay connected with friends. Many people turn to social media for support and a social connection. But if you aren’t careful, your social media posts may be killing your auto accident case.
Social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter are great ways for house-bound auto accident victims to stay connected to their emotional support networks. But your innocent status updates and selfies could come back to haunt you in the courtroom.
As auto accident victims work to inspire “Facebook envy,” they may be accidentally providing the insurance company with evidence it needs to argue you aren’t as injured as you claim. Posts about the one good day you had this month can be taken out of context to show that your injuries have not substantially affected your day-to-day life. The good news: there are some steps you can take to protect both your insurance claim and your social life.
Set Your Social Media Claims to Private
Your social media defense starts before your auto accident attorney even files your auto insurance claim. Before you give the insurance company notice of your claim, go through and mark all of your social media accounts “private.” This may mean taking a hiatus from some platforms where everything you post is visible to the world. On other sites you can set your Twitter account to “protected” and your Facebook posts to “private” or “Friends Only.” That way only the people you actually know will see what your post.
Do a Friend Purge
While you are changing your settings, go through your friends list and do a purge. Cut out anyone you don’t actually know or are following for professional or publicity reasons. Whittle your list down the people who will support you during your recovery process. This is important because you never know who will accidentally retweet your tweets to an insurance adjuster, or share your post with a private investigator.
Watch What You Post
No matter how much security you use, your social media records are still available to your insurance company through the legal process. Defense attorneys know exactly how to get your post history from social media companies through subpoenas and other court orders. So take a second look before your post. Skip the golfing selfies or the celebratory posts about getting back to dancing. Stick to reposting, sharing articles, or connecting with friends. Keep your personal posts to a minimum while the lawsuit is pending.
Some strong auto accident cases have been killed because of bad social media posts. Take care to protect your case and yourself by locking down your security settings and watching what you post.
David Christensen is an auto accident attorney at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He helps accident victims collect benefits from their insurance companies. If you have been in a serious auto accident, contact Christensen Law for a free consultation today.