Social media is a wonderful way to stay in contact with people and let your friends and family members know what you’re up to. When it comes to your personal injury case, you should really be careful about what you are posting about the case. Like any other business, insurance companies are working hard and protecting their profits. So, of course, they are going to investigate before they even consider paying out a settlement.
They will not only look at your social media account but also look at your medical records and medical history and searching for your internet presence. And since there is only so much information they can get from Google and these insurance companies know that it is common for people to document their lives on social media, it’s the first place they look for evidence to use against you. They do this because they are trying to find as much information to discredit your claim.
Anything these insurance companies find on your social media accounts can be used against you when it comes to how much compensation you get. They can’t even deny your claim! Your social media accounts will be examined even more if a part of your claim includes the loss of enjoyment of life. And since people present a false sense of happiness on social media, any sort of photo you post of yourself could mess up your case. And yes, just because your posts are private, doesn’t mean they’ll be unable to get information. Same goes for if you set your posts to be viewed by only you or your friends.
So, no matter how tempted you are to post to show people how your recovery is going, it is best just to not do it. Smiling for the camera could end up as a way to show you are lying about emotionally struggling with life. If you want to update everyone, update them privately.
At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, we offer our clients advice that will protect them in the long run. Our personal injury lawyers will make sure to let you know when you can resume regular social media habits and make sure that the insurance company does get their hands on any information that can have your claim unfairly denied. Give us a call at (844) 626-1529 and we can go over your case and come up with a plan to get your fair compensation.