Many plaintiffs in auto accident cases make mistakes with their social media accounts that cost them their settlement or compensation. The best policy for dealing with your auto accident case when it comes to social media is not mentioning your accident or the resulting legal proceedings at all.
There are numerous ways that social media posts can compromise an auto accident case. The following are six mistakes to avoid on social media to make sure you enjoy the best possible chances of winning your auto accident case.
Seeming to downplay your emotional suffering
Posting casually about your auto accident or going on about it excessively can downplay the amount of emotional suffering you've experienced as a result. If you've really suffered as a result of an accident, it would seem natural that you wouldn't want to dwell on it excessively or post about it on social media.
Referring to your accident at all on social media can really challenge the idea that it has caused you extreme suffering. Pain and suffering damages are likely to be part of your desired settlement or compensation amount, so make sure you're not downplaying your suffering on social media.
Lessening the apparent severity of your injuries
You don't want to post anything on your social media accounts that makes you appear to not have any injuries while you're still recovering.
Don't say anything that makes it look like your injuries weren't that serious. Posts in which you appear to be active and perfectly healthy could be used by the defense side to compromise your case.
Compromising your dedication to confidentiality
Confidentiality is important in any type of legal proceeding. Any social media posts at all about your accident or case compromise the confidentiality of your case and make potentially intimate details of your case public. That's why it's best to not mention your case at all online.
Seeming to admit that you were at fault
Social media posts can be manipulated by the insurance company's lawyer to make it sound like you're admitting fault in the accident. Even if you feel that your posts are clearly not an admission of fault, lawyers sometimes succeed at changing the meaning of quotes for their own client's advantage.
Criticizing insurance companies, judges, or any other parties involved
You won't look very honest or well-meaning if you badmouth any other party involved in your case on social media. Don't use social media as a way to relieve your frustrations even if you're not happy with another party involved in the case. Venting on social media is likely to backfire.
Contradicting any detail you've divulged in your claim or in court
Your opponent's lawyer could also use your social media posts to contradict details from your testimony or your claim. This could compromise your credibility in the eyes of the court and make you less likely to receive compensation.
For more information, contact a car accident attorney.