Does Posting on Social Media Hurt My Personal Injury Claim?

You say a lot about yourself on social media. Everything you post suggests something about your wellbeing, regardless of your intention. In fact, an insurance company can use your social media accounts as evidence you were not injured after an accident. Even if a status update is an incomplete picture of your health, you can expect the insurance company to twist anything you post against your best interest.

Communicating on social media when you are injured is understandable. Friends and family want to reach out to see how you’re doing. You may want to talk to them about it. But take it from personal injury lawyers who also care about you: after an accident, focus on how you recover, not what you post.

Posts Are Never Private on Social Media

After you begin an insurance claim, you should restrict your social media accounts to their most private setting. But nothing you post is ever truly private. Content can overlap between several accounts. Additionally, social media companies can expose your content, because they own it.

Insurance companies will employ several tactics to view your posts—both legal and shady:

  • Requesting to follow you using an account that poses as a stranger or a friend
  • Following your friends’ accounts and viewing shared or tagged posts
  • Issuing a subpoena to the social media company to produce your posts and even your direct messages

In reality, communicating on social media is never private. When you want to update your friends and family on your recovery, consider the old-fashioned option: call them.

Anything You Post Can Be Used Against You

Recovering from injuries is not a pleasant experience. But many accident victims are not in pain 24 hours of their day. They may tweet while temporarily feeling better or record a refreshing walk outside.

You do not deserve to feel imprisoned by the accident, but anything you post can and will be used against you by the insurance company. They will use your tweet to deny your pain and suffering. The insurance company will argue your video proves you are healthy. And if your post is not used to totally deny your claim, it may jeopardize the compensation you need for future treatment.

Even using the strictest privacy settings, it’s best to refrain from social media activity while you treat your injuries after an accident. However, a personal injury lawyer can advise you on what safe social media activity may look like in your case.

Let Your Lawyer Tell Your Story

Instead of posting about your injuries on social media, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer about building a successful case. Get the benefit of a professional’s skills, services, and expertise in pursuing your claim. A lawyer tells your story the safest way:

  • Maintaining your medical privacy while communicating with your doctors about your treatment
  • Securely documenting your health records and accident photographs
  • Protecting your statements with attorney-client communication and work product privileges
  • Demanding the insurance company refrain from communicating with you—including on social media

When the insurance company receives all its information about your claim from a properly assembled demand package, you can get the settlement you deserve. But you do not get the same results from every lawyer. You get What’s Right at Sam & Ash, LLP.

Trust Sam & Ash, LLP For Better Results

Your own words should never be harmful to your claim. You deserve helpful and responsive counsel. The personal injury professionals at Sam & Ash, LLP believe communication with our clients is key. The better we are able to understand what you are going through, the more we can help you.

Our commitment to being here for you starts right now. We guarantee 24 hour assistance with our free consultation line at 1 (800) 304-2000. Call us to discuss What’s Right for you today.

Author: Ash Watkins

Ash started her legal career defending insurance companies against injury victims. She saw how insurance companies treated people who had legitimate injury claims. But she also saw how notoriously sleazy the personal injury lawyers were. Neither side was focused on the injured person, so she decided to do something about it.