Millions of Americans log onto Facebook and Twitter every day to post about their lives. It is common for individuals to share what they are feeling and talk about issues that they are dealing with in their day-to-day lives. If you have been hurt in a car accident or slip-and-fall incident in New Jersey, one of your first instincts may be to talk about the incident through social media. However, it is important to realize that anything you post on Facebook or any other social networking site can be used against you if you choose to file a personal injury claim.
Here are a few tips to help you make some important decisions with regard to social networking when you have a pending personal injury claim.
Try to suspend all social networking activity until after your claim has been settled. Insurance companies and attorneys for the other parties will try to dig up any information about you by trying to gain access to your personal sites. An innocent post or even a photo can be misinterpreted and used to reduce the value of your claim. For example, if you post a photo of you having a good time with friends soon after the accident, the insurance company can get a hold of it and try to prove that you were not as injured as you claimed to be.
Ask your friends to not tag you in any posts or pictures until the claim process is over. Do not accept invites to event requests either, as that may show how your quality of life has stayed the same. Instead, stay private and silent about the incident and your suffering until after the claim process is finished.
The experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to protect the rights and best interests of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligent or reckless actions of another party, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.