If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you may want to avoid social media for awhile, at least until your injuries are fully healed. Employers, insurance adjusters, and attorneys use social media to analyze whether or not you’re being truthful about your injury claims. They may use whatever you post on social media as evidence to get your claim denied or your medical benefits limited.
Here are a few tips to prevent your social media accounts from ruining your case.
- Avoid posting on social media at all.
- Don’t delete pictures or status updates – doing so could be considered “destroying evidence” in court
- If you do need to post make sure your settings are set to “private”
- Don’t add any new friends while your claim is being handled, including close friends and coworkers
- Avoid posting older pictures before your injury. Employers, insurance adjusters, and attorneys will assume that they are up-to-date and try to use them against you.
- Don’t “check in” through your social media accounts, even if you’re just venting about being home while you’re trying to recover.
- Avoid leaving online reviews, especially to places with physical, brick-and-mortar stores.