If you’ve decided to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party, you might begin to feel like you’re living your life in a courtroom. In our modern age, where smartphones and social media rule all, it may be difficult to keep your courtroom drama off the screen.
But it’s vital to your case that you exercise great caution when it comes to websites like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat throughout your case. Making a mistake could mean losing potential compensation.
Here are some useful social media tips to employ during your personal injury lawsuit:
DON’T: Post Updates on Your Case
You never know who might be watching your feed or downloading your updates. Even if you have incredibly strong privacy settings, you may not realize there’s a betrayer among friends until it’s too late. Social media can be hacked, misused, misinterpreted, and misguided — so never assume that your posts are truly private.
Posting updates on your case, whether appropriate or inappropriate in nature, could damage your character and reputation in front of the judge and jury that will determine your fate. Even if you’ve had a particularly rough day in court, act as though you have a gag order at all times.
DO: Encourage Your Family Members to Proceed With Caution
You may not be posting updates on your case or your condition, but your family has easy access to your personal life and may choose to share details on the internet. Have a meaningful conversation with your loved ones about keeping your private information off their feeds.
They might not be thrilled, but they’ll understand when you get the compensation you deserve.
DON’T: Post Injury or Treatment Updates
You should never post injury or treatment updates on the internet. These can be misconstrued and used against you in court, should you appear to be doing better than you claim.
DO: Change Your Settings to Private
If you don’t already have your privacy settings turned up, it’s time to take a look. Block any parties who have anything to do with your personal injury lawsuit. You should also limit those who can see your posts, pictures, and videos — and it may help to eliminate the ability of others to tag you in their updates.
DON’T: Post About Having Fun
While it might feel like you can’t use social media at all during your personal injury lawsuit, it’s far better to miss a few updates than to post something that can damage your case.
For example, if you post pictures of yourself having a wonderful time, partying with friends and enjoying life, the defense will almost certainly argue that you don’t need compensation — you’re clearly just fine.
DO: Keep an Eye on Friend Requests
There could be individuals from the other side of the aisle attempting to access your personal information during your case.
For this reason, you should closely monitor your friend requests and only add friends whom you know personally. It may even help to contact your friends via phone, email, or in-person to verify their request.
Contact an Experienced Seattle Personal Injury Attorney for Assistance
Are you going through a personal injury lawsuit? Your choices on social media could seriously impact the outcome of your case. For professional assistance and advice, contact an experienced Seattle personal injury attorney at Herschensohn Law PLLC by calling (206) 588-4344.