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4 Tips To Prevent Social Media From Harming Your Personal Injury Case

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If you have been injured because of another person's negligence, you are likely looking to pursue a personal injury claim against that person. To ensure that the case moves along smoothly and you receive the compensation you deserve, you will want to consider these four tips to prevent social media from completely destroying your case:

Don't Post About the Incident 

Too often people will post about their case, believing that it is totally fine to share with friends and family. However, the problem with this is that when you post about the case on social media, you might say something that can be held against you. You want to avoid this at all costs, so even if you feel that you are not saying anything that could be held against you, it's best to avoid posting anyway. 

Deactivate Social Media 

Most social media profiles can be temporarily deleted and then reactivated later in the future. This is something to consider if you are unsure whether you can avoid talking about your case on social media. This is also helpful if your friends and family tag you in posts that could potentially be held against you. For example, if a friend or family member tags you in a post of you participating in any kind of physical activity, it can make it appear as if your injury isn't as serious; even if the picture is old, it could be a problem. 

Mark Everything Private 

If you don't want to delete your social media profiles, then just be sure that everything you post is private, meaning that only people you are friends with can actually see what you are posting. During this time, you don't want to add new friends on your social media unless you know them personally. 

Double-Check Postings About You 

When a friend or family member tags you in a post, be sure that you check to see that the post is private. If not, kindly ask them to remove it, but don't go into detail about why you need this to happen over social media. Instead, you can call them in person and explain why you need it removed. The best bet is to talk to friends and family before anything is posted to your social media accounts. 

When you know these four tips for using social media during your personal injury case, you can be sure that there is a much lesser chance that something is going to be held against you. Contact a personal injury lawyer for additional advice.


13 April 2017