Let’s say you suffer an injury—it could be from a vehicle accident, a workplace slip and fall, or your neighbor’s dog bit you. Afterward, you file a personal injury claim with the insurance company and other appropriate entities. Later, once you’re into healing mode, you start posting online updates for your family and friends.
At Eric Blank Injury Attorneys, we can tell you from years of experience with clients that social media is the No. 1 way to ruin your personal injury claim. Why? Because anything you post is fair game for an insurance company to use to deny a settlement.
Instead, following an accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney to handle your claim. If you want to post anything online, you must ask your attorney first whether or not it is wise to do so. Otherwise, you might harm your case.
Maybe you’ve heard of an urban legend like this: Someone said they had broken their back in a work accident and were in a full-body cast, but the insurance company took photos of them playing tennis. Once the photos were presented in court, the person lost their personal injury case (and their reputation, too).
A legend like that has some basis in truth. Employers and insurance companies are fact-finding agencies. Before they pay a settlement, they want to ensure the people who claim to be injured are legitimately hurt.
Your short post about recuperating from your injuries, accompanied by a selfie of you sipping a martini while floating on an inflatable unicorn raft in a pool, might get your claim tossed out if an insurance agent happens to see it. Even if your physician recommended therapeutic pool exercises, the appearance of you taking it easy looks suspicious to a diligent insurance agent.
In this example, a personal injury lawyer would recommend against sharing both the selfie and the post to protect your claim. The only information the insurance agency should receive are updates from your attorney.
You are sadly mistaken if you think your account(s) is private. A determined insurance agent can gain access to your information, no matter what pseudonym or platform you use. Agents are known to create fake accounts to follow you and your family and friends, waiting to see a comment or image that they can use against your case.
Moreover, an insurance agent with contacts at technology companies or law enforcement will track your data down and reject your claim before you can finish typing.
Nothing is private on the Internet, including your online searches. Case in point: your search for a “personal injury lawyer near me” will be saved even if you delete the cache.
While waiting for your claim to be settled, you shouldn’t post anything. Period. You may think a few funny memes or pictures of flowers might be innocuous.
However, an insurance adjuster may use these posts as evidence in court that you are fine and your injuries weren’t severe, to begin with. A judge might be inclined to agree and dismiss your claim.
As noted above, insurance agents are known to track your friends and family online in their quest to investigate your case. The fewer your friends post about you, the better for your personal injury claim.
Recall the telephone’s original purpose—to make phone calls. Use the phone to communicate with your family and friends. Cellphone carriers or government entities may record phone calls, but they are more difficult for an insurance agent to obtain.
Additionally, your personal injury attorney can correspond with your loved ones, your employer, your physicians, and the insurance company on your behalf.
Have you or a loved one suffered an injury? You might be entitled to compensation if someone else was at fault. Remember, avoid using social media to discuss your accident, and don’t face the insurance companies alone.
There is a reason people say their cases are “BETTER with BLANK”— the experienced team at Eric Blank Injury Attorneys has successfully represented thousands of clients in personal injury cases. See for yourself by looking at the written testimonials and video endorsements from satisfied clients in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. Then, put the knowledge of Eric Blank Injury Attorneys to work for you. Call (702) 222-2115 NOW or complete the online form to schedule a free strategy session. There are no hiring fees; the firm is only paid if it wins your case. And if you win, you can return to social media, using #betterwithblank in your first post. You can take it to the bank with Eric Blank.
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