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How Social Media Can Ruin Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

Many people use social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep their friends, family, and followers up to date with their lives. However, if you are in the middle of a personal injury claim following a car accident or other type of incident, you need to be careful about what you post. Something seemingly innocuous can lead to losing your personal injury case or not receiving the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Even those who have social media pages set to ‘private’ should follow the guidelines we will discuss below. In this day and age, you never know who can truly see your social media profiles.

Take A Look At This Example

Let’s say that you were stopped at a red light. A distracted driver rear-ends you, causing injuries. There is no question about who is at fault. The only question is how much compensation will you receive. Your car accident lawyer puts together a case based on the information you provide. You are experiencing chronic pain and can hardly perform daily tasks. You claim that even getting in and out of the house is difficult.

Now, let’s say you had a family vacation planned long before your car accident. Maybe you already know you shouldn’t be posting about your accident on social media, but surely you can continue to post about your personal life, right?

So, you head to the beach with your family. Perhaps you are truly in pain the entire time and have to sit out of many activities. Still, you post some smiling pictures of yourself enjoying the great outdoors. You’re soaking up the sun on the beach, you’re riding in a boat, and maybe you’re even casting a fishing rod. Do the defense’s lawyers, you don’t look very injured. In fact, you look like you are fully enjoying life and are not experiencing any of this “pain and suffering” you are claiming.

Social media doesn’t give the full picture, especially because many people would rather make posts about the fun events they enjoy rather than physical therapy sessions and all the hours spent in the hotel room while your family goes on outings. A defendant will use these happy pictures and posts to their benefit, even if they do not depict the entire situation accurately.

While an experienced car accident lawyer will refute these claims with more proper evidence, there is no way to know how jurors or a judge will react. At the end of the day, it is best to stay off of social media entirely until your case is resolved.

What To Not Post About On Social Media

Of course, in this day and age, staying completely off of social media is difficult for many people. If you do use social media while your case is under review, refrain from posting anything related to the case. This includes the following:

  • Information about your injuries, the accident, or medical diagnoses. If this doesn’t line up exactly with what you’ve told the insurance agency or investigators, it can backfire on you and make your store seem less credible.
  • Grievances you have with the defense. Your car accident attorney is fighting hard to recover compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering. If you make social media posts “trashing” the defense or their insurance company, these can be seen as personal attacks and negatively impact your case.
  • Details of discussions with any lawyers, insurance companies, or other parties involved. This information may be confidential and posting details about your interaction with these entities can lead to a breach of protocol.

What To Be Careful About On Social Media

The above are things that you definitely shouldn’t post about on social media, and they are likely pretty obvious. But there are also a few grey areas you should be careful about as well, especially if you are claiming to have pain and suffering as a result of your car accident.

  • Posting photos or descriptions of you being very active. This can be seen by the defense of you not being as injured as you claim to be.
  • “Checking in” regularly at places that might not line up with your claims of pain and suffering, including the gym, amusement parks, or other areas that require physical activity. Even checking in at non-activity based places like stores or restaurants can affect your case if you are claiming to be houseridden.
  • Being tagged in photos with friends. The nature of social media allows your friends to tag you during a night out or physical activity. Consider adjusting your settings so that you have to approve any tags before they connect to your profile.

If You Have Questions, Ask Your Car Accident Lawyer

When you call Alex R. Hernandez Jr. PLLC to discuss your car accident injuries, you can also discuss how your social media presence should be handled throughout the case. Depending on the severity of the case, your attorney might advise you to disable your social media accounts entirely or might set a few recommended guidelines.

If you have been injured in a car accident, be sure to contact a car accident lawyer before turning to social media. Anything you post after your accident can affect your case in a negative way and possibly cost you the compensation that you deserve.

Get in touch with the legal experts at Alex R. Hernandez Jr. PLLC to start work on your personal injury lawsuit.

Refinery Work Dangers and Injuries

The oil and gasoline industry demands a lot from its refinery workers. Oil and gas refineries employ hard-working, dedicated refinery workers who are constantly working with hazardous substances under stressful conditions, often over long periods of time. The upside for many is the pay; according to Chron.com and Glassdoor.com, refinery workers average between $60,290 and $75,620 in hourly wages per year. The downside? Many things can go wrong in this kind of work environment and accidents frequently happen. In the last two weeks alone, two contractors were injured in an industrial accident near a Houston refinery, one impaled by a pipe, and 21 workers were injured by a secondary blast trying to contain an earlier blaze that broke out the day before.

Many oil and gas workers have sustained brain injuries, spinal cord injury, second- and third-degree burns, and other severe personal injuries as a result of on-the-job hazards at refineries.   You can imagine how refinery blasts can cause burn injuries, but how do they cause brain or spinal injury? Severe explosions can lift workers from their feet, launching them against walls, equipment, or other hard surfaces. Or, falling or flying debris can strike workers, breaking bones and damaging internal organs, the spinal cord, and the brain. Workers can also suffer from contusions, lacerations, amputations, and respiratory issues.

So, what do you do if you or a loved one is injured while working at a refinery? Contact a personal injury lawyer, immediately. Here’s why:

A personal injury attorney will evaluate your case and perform their own investigation of whether or not there were unsafe working conditions, inadequate safety training, faulty equipment and/or other negligence issues that might have contributed to your injury. We will demand that your employer report your serious injury to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), and that they retain and do not destroy any footage, work logs, or other evidence of the circumstances surrounding your injury.

If the employer is found responsible for your or your loved one’s injuries, you and/or your family may receive compensation for one or a combination of the following:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship; loss in quality of life
  • Funeral expenses

An experienced attorney will know what steps to take to handle your case with the best outcome in mind. This can be beneficial when your injuries are severe and you’ve got hundred of thousands or more in medical bills to pay; but hiring an attorney can be especially valuable when the employer disputes the details of the accident and denies liability for your injuries – and this happens more than you’d expect.

In one of the more recent well-publicized refinery accidents  a Houston, Texas man sued Husky Energy, Inc. and Superior Refining Company LLC over injuries he says he sustained through their negligence, leaving him with “permanent and severe injuries” according to his complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Madison, Wisconsin.  His attorneys argue the refinery conducted “extra hazardous and/or ultrahazardous and abnormally dangerous activities” and that they “failed to exercise due care in the maintenance and monitor of the Husky Superior Refinery so as to prevent fires, explosions, or other harm to individuals…”

Don’t let negligent oil and gas companies take advantage of you in your time of need. If you or a loved one has been injured in a refinery accident, please contact an attorney. Refinery Injury Attorney Alex R. Hernandez, Jr. is standing by to assist you; don’t hesitate to call our office for a free consultation at 1-888-HDZLAW-8

Two Dead and Two Injured in Fatal Semi-Truck Accident in Arizona

Two Dead and Two Injured in Fatal Semi-Truck Accident in Arizona

Two are dead and two are injured after a fatal three-vehicle accident Friday around Buckeye Road and 69th Avenue in Phoenix Arizona.

A semi-truck that was traveling westbound on Buckeye Road turned left across all lanes of traffic and entered the eastbound lanes of Buckeye Road.

The front of the semi collided with a Ford pickup, while the trailer of the semi hit a Chevrolet pickup.

Four people were in the Ford, two of which were pronounced dead on scene.

The semi-truck driver claimed a mechanical failure caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

An investigation into the accident is still ongoing.

Alex R. Hernandez Jr. handles wrongful death, 18 wheeler, and motor vehicle collisions nationwide. 1-888-HDZLAW-8

Prince Philip of England, 97, Unhurt and Two Women Injured in Car Accident

Why He Was Driving We Won’t Understand

Prince Philip, the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, was involved on Thursday in a car crash while driving himself on a rural road north of London, injuring two women in another vehicle.

The prince was unhurt, as was a 9-month-old boy in the women’s car, a Kia, the Norfolk police said. He was driving a black Land Rover SUV near the royal family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, near the North Sea coast, a spokeswoman at Buckingham Palace said.

She confirmed that the queen was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

A 45-year-old passenger in the other vehicle suffered a broken wrist, and the driver, 28, had cuts to her knee, the Norfolk Constabulary said in a statement. Both were treated at a hospital in the nearby town of King’s Lynn and then discharged.

The prince’s SUV. rolled over, eyewitnesses told British news organizations, and photos from the scene showed it lying on its side on the shoulder of the A149 road, its window cracked. The other vehicle sat nearby, upright but nosed into a ditch beside the road.

We hope the prince is not shaken up from this car accident and wish he and the queen a long life.

 

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