In today’s video, we’re going to talk about the dangers of using social media while you have a pending personal injury case.
It’s common nowadays for young people and for even old people like me to be heavily involved in social media. We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and probably a bunch of other things that younger people use. We’re able to post pictures of ourselves, talk about our activities, and socialize with our friends and family. It’s a great tool for communicating with people and it’s a lot of fun. However, it can also be very harmful to use that type of social media while you’re involved in a personal injury case.
It’s unfortunate that nowadays defense attorneys and insurance companies will look for any advantage they can get in cases, and they’ll look for any evidence that they might be able to use to make plaintiffs in personal injury cases look bad and to damage their credibility. It’s common nowadays for defense attorneys and insurance companies to try to obtain information from social media in order to do that, to attack your credibility as a plaintiff and to damage your case. I’ve seen it happen in cases of colleagues of mine that this type of information, posts from Facebook or pictures from Facebook, can be used as cross-examination information at trial and can really harm a case. Even though a client’s being honest about the way an accident has impacted his or her life, these type of pictures or posts can be taken out of context by the defense or misunderstood by the jury and can result in significant damage to a personal injury case.
It’s my advice as a personal injury attorney to avoid the use of social media while you’re involved in a personal injury case.