In today’s day and age, hardly anything happens, whether it be exciting or mundane, without someone posting about it on social media. If you are someone who is compelled to share every little thing that happens to you on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or another social media platform, we have no problem with that at all. On the other hand, a problem may occur when it you are involved in a car or truck accident out of the blue. It is beyond important that you understand that you should not, under any circumstances, post anything about your accident on social media at all. Continue reading below to learn more about why a social media post could be bad for your personal injury case.
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First of all, it’s important that you understand why we are given you this advice. If you post anything at all about an accident you were involved in on social media, that post could potentially be used in court. If you are suing someone for an injury that you sustained because they were being negligent and you are going to claim damages, you will also likely be seeking compensation for your pain and suffering as well. While it becomes difficult when you are trying to quantify pain and suffering, the defense will try to find any way they can to prevent you from getting that money. If you want to make sure that happens, you have to do one simple thing. You guessed it, you have to make one post on social media after the accident occurs. It’s fairly easy to show that you were not in pain or suffering at all if you had the wherewithal to post something on your Facebook page. It doesn’t matter what your post says at all. Sure, posting a picture of you and your friends out at a bar having a good time or a video of you paddleboarding on a lake is going to look extremely bad. On the other hand, even something as simple as you posting a status talking about how much you love your dog is something a defense lawyer can twist into enough evidence to prevent you from getting the compensation your deserve.
On the other hand, you may find it tempting to post on Facebook about how you are struggling since your accident occurred. While you may think this is a surefire way to win your case, we would urge against it. Even if you say something that you think couldn’t possibly harm your case, there is always a way for a good attorney to twist your words just enough to prevent you from getting your settlement. The rule we like to follow always when it comes to personal injury cases is of course, better safe than sorry. So take a break from social media for a while if you have been involved in an accident.
Speak with an attorney immediately
If you need a personal injury attorney to help you through this difficult time, Alex Hernandez Trial Law is your best bet. We have been serving Texas long enough to have plenty of experience winning personal injury cases and we will do everything we can to ensure that we will win yours as well. Contact us today to learn more about our attorneys and why they are the right choice for you.