According to the Pew Research Center, roughly 7 in 10 Americans use social media, and many of us post things without giving it a second thought. If you have recently been involved in an injury-causing accident, however, you should think twice about sharing details of your life, as your social media use could hurt your chances of recovering compensation. Read on to find out how.
The Insurance Company May Monitor Your Accounts
If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the chances are that you will be seeking compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company. For example, if you were injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, you will likely file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. Similarly, if you slip and fall in a store, you will file a claim with that company’s liability insurer.
Insurance companies make money by collecting premiums each month and paying out as little as possible. As a result, they closely scrutinize every claim they receive for any reason to deny them or minimize their settlement offers. In addition, they will look for any evidence they can find that may indicate that your injuries are not as serious as you are claiming they are - including monitoring your social media posts.
Posts that you think are innocent - such as pictures of you walking the dog or spending time with your family - could be used by the insurance company to argue that your injuries are less serious than you claim. For this reason, you should be extremely careful about the things you post on social media while your claim is pending.
What if You Have Already Posted?
If you have already posted things on your accounts, do not go back and delete them. Doing so may amount to spoliation of evidence, which could do significant harm to your claim. It’s not necessarily the case that your posts will be damaging and, if they are, an attorney familiar with personal injury law will be able to mitigate their effect.
What if Your Claim has Already Been Denied?
If your claim has already been denied because of social media posts, there is still a chance that you may be able to recover compensation. A lawyer familiar with personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine whether your claim was wrongfully denied. If it was, your attorney can appeal the denial and may even file a lawsuit in order to seek the compensation you deserve.
Contact Salam & Associates for a Free Consultation
If you have been involved in an accident, it’s in your best interest to contact an attorney right away. At Salam & Associates, we’re committed to standing up for the rights of accident victims and will help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers are licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and D.C. To schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call our office today or contact us at [email protected].