Can My Social Media Be Used Against Me in My Car Accident Case?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Louisiana, you might be tempted to share your experience with friends and family on social media. Before you post, consider this: Discussing your accident on social media could cost you big when it comes to filing a personal injury claim against the driver of the vehicle responsible for your accident.
Physical and Digital Surveillance After an Accident
Anything you say or do after an accident can be used against you when you file a personal injury claim after a wreck. The insurance company wants to pay as little as possible when it comes to settling an auto accident claim. They may even send investigators to keep an eye on an injured person that filed a claim against them. They hope to catch you doing something that can be used to show your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim.
In addition to physical surveillance, these investigators are skilled at digital surveillance as well. Digital surveillance means combing through your social media accounts and other online content. This is all legal. In many instances, the insurance companies will take videos and posts and comments out of context to dispute your claims of serious personal injury.
You don’t have to quit social media or delete your accounts. Just use a little common sense and think before you post.
Social Media Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim
At JJC, we recommend to our clients that they think carefully before making statements about their accident, especially on social media. Here’s our list of what not to do on social media after being injured in a New Orleans car accident:
- Don’t post information about the accident or your injuries.
- Don’t discuss the details of your personal injury claim.
- Don’t accept responsibility or apologize for the accident.
- Don’t suggest that your injuries are less serious than you claim.
- Don’t discuss pre-existing conditions, illnesses or physical injuries not related to the accident.
- Don’t post photos or videos that show you are involved in physical activities that might appear to be inconsistent with your accident injuries.
JJC Law is Here to Protect Your Rights After a Louisiana Car Accident
When you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, it can be hard to know where to turn for help. The New Orleans car accident attorneys at JJC Law are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients who have been injured in accidents that were caused by the careless actions of another. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injury-related losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact JJC online or call us at (504) 431-8820 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans personal injury attorney. Our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means there are no upfront costs for our representation; we collect our fee as a percentage of your settlement when we win compensation for you.