Why Should I Avoid Social Media After an Accident in NJ?

If you were injured and are in the midst of a personal injury claim, you will want to ensure you are avoiding social media at all costs. Read more and give our skilled Essex County personal injury attorneys a call today to learn more.

Why should I not post on social media after I file a personal injury claim?

It is important to keep in mind that in many cases when you file a claim against someone that caused your injury, you are often haggling with that individual’s insurance company. In most circumstances, an insurance company will want to get to the bottom line rather than help the injured party. Because of this, insurance companies will typically observe the social media accounts of those who bring claims against them to see if they post anything that even remotely contradicts their claim. For example, if you are claiming that you broke your leg because of another’s negligence, but then post a picture of you at a dance, the insurance company can use that proof, even taken out of context to explain that “you are not injured.” As a result of this, you should withhold from posting until your claim is decided to ensure that no issues prevent you from acquiring the compensation you need to move forward.

What are the best things you can do after being injured in an accident?

  • Change your accounts to private and avoid taking any new follow requests unless they are from people you know personally.
    • If you don’t do this, you may risk accepting a request from someone from the other party trying to obtain your information.
  • Withhold from posting statements or photos.
    • You may accidentally disclose fault if you tell the story of your accident. Even the smallest misphrase can impact your case.
  • Warn your friends and family.
    • You should ask that your friends and family do not post any photos of or with you.
  • Avoid posting too frequently.
    • A large part of your personal injury case can be your emotional suffering. By posting too much, you may seem emotionally unchanged. Also, if you reassure your friends and family that you are doing well, you are also giving the defense access to this information, which can be used to their benefit.

If you were hurt as a result of another’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your burdens. Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to discuss your next step and to obtain more guidance on the social media world after your accident. Our legal team is committed to ensuring you obtain the compensation you need to heal.

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