In today’s society, we use social media to post about our day-to-day activities, stay connected with friends, and be informed about current events. But when it comes to pursuing a personal injury claim, social media activity can do more harm than good.
Since insurance companies hire private investigators to keep tabs on those seeking compensation, they will also thoroughly scour claimants’ social media accounts to see if they come across anything that may cast doubt on victim’s injuries.
The following are several ways social media can hurt your personal injury case:
- Contradict your injury – Posting pictures of strenuous activities such as running or swimming, or even going out with your friends for drinks can be used by the insurance adjuster to challenge the severity of your injury.
- Undermine your noneconomic damages – Noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering, as well as emotional distress, can be compromised by social media activity. For example, if you post a photo of your vacation, it may raise questions about the depression or anxiety you claim to be coping with.
- Comments from friends – Comments from friends asking about your health may seem harmless, but answering them can actually be unintended traps. For instance, answers such as “I’m getting better day by day” or “slowly but surely” can potentially devalue your claim.
In many cases, it is wise to stay off of social media entirely until your personal injury case is resolved.