How could social media affect your personal injury claim?

Technology, particularly smartphones, have become an extension of us as people. Due to this, it’s become the norm for most people to share pictures, videos and details of their daily life. There have been known cases of people whose compulsive social media sharing has gotten them trouble, though, what most people are unaware of, is that sharing even minute details of your life whilst you’re involved in a court case could seriously jeopardise its outcome, particularly where you are the victim.

Social media as a whole, although it has many benefits and can open up whole new possibilities, is something to be approached with caution. Social media has been linked to bullying and harassment, employers will search you via social platforms before considering to employ you, and as we’ve mentioned, can have legal consequences

Particular areas where your social posts can impede amongst your case are where you accuse injury, caused by a negligent person or business. When bringing a case against these persons, you, as a victim will be expected to give pieces, such as medical records to provide evidence of wrongdoing. What must be considered is that the defendant(s) will be doing the equivalent- attempting to gather evidence in order to invalidate your claims.

Anything you put out on social media has the potential to be used against you in a court of law, a simple post about mowing the lawn risks undermining a back injury claim. It’s also important to point out that Personal Injury doesn’t come in the form of physical injury, they can include claims of emotional duress, trauma, and other impacts on mental health and wellbeing.

One person whose social media posts were used to refute her claims was a student, who brought her teacher to court, as supported by the school district and other school officials when defendants had failed to protect her. She was pursued and sexually by her teacher, in response to this, defence attorneys used her social media post, which showed her smiling and meeting with friends. However unjust this is, it should be known, it’s a tactic that defence lawyers often use and one you should be wary of.

If you’re currently involved in a personal injury case, it’s useful to change your privacy settings to private, post no details that are central to the case, and ensure that the ‘friends’ you accept on your social media are people you genuinely know and are close to.