Almost everyone has social media accounts these days and uses them regularly. However, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident, what you post on your social media accounts could reduce your compensation in your slip and fall case – even if a person’s or business’ negligence caused your fall. Your postings on any of the following sites could hurt your case:
How Insurance Adjusters and Defense Attorneys Use Your Social Media Accounts
Insurance adjusters and defense attorneys will Google you and look at what you have posted to your social media accounts since the date of your accident. They are looking for any inconsistencies in how you claim the accident occurred and the severity of your injuries. For example, if you claim you have difficulty walking after a hip replacement, pictures of you running a marathon after the accident could significantly damage your case. Even seemingly innocent posts where you describe a happy mental state on a given date could be twisted and used against you.
Five Steps You Should Take If You Use Social Media After Your Slip and Fall
Ideally, you should stay off your social media accounts until after your slip and fall case has been completed. If you are like most people, you may not be able to do this because this is how you stay in touch with family and friends. You should take the following steps to protect yourself:
Don’t post about the accident.
You should not post anything about how the accident occurred, your injuries, or any settlement of your claim. Refrain from talking about your activities – especially any that can be twisted to show you were not as injured as you claim. Avoid posting any pictures or videos.
Search for any results and inform your attorney of any potentially harmful information the insurance company or defense attorney could find.
Don’t let friends post about you.
Be certain your friends do not post about you to avoid them saying something – even inadvertently – that could hurt your case.
Increase your privacy setting.
While privacy settings can’t eliminate all access by outside sources, they can help reduce potentially harmful information from being disclosed.
Don’t talk to strangers.
Until your claim for compensation is completely resolved, you should not accept friend requests or followers or talk to strangers on your social media sites – even if they appear friendly. They could work for the defense attorney or insurance company.
Have You Been Injured In A Henderson Slip and Fall Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall you need to speak with an experienced slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Henderson office directly at 702.405.6000 to schedule a free consultation with our slip and fall attorneys.