Social Media and My Lawsuit

I was in a car accident in Murfreesboro and hired a personal injury lawyer to help me resolve my case. She warned me to be careful about Facebook and Twitter.  Why? 

When you get involved in a personal injury lawsuit after a car wreck, the other driver’s  insurance company and its lawyers will investigate you and determine whether there is any information in your background that can be used to destroy your claim or reduce its value.  It is not uncommon for the insurance company to look at Facebook and Twitter to determine was you wrote about your accident, your injuries and your post-wreck activities.   Likewise, the insurance company will be looking to see what your friends wrote about these matters.

The insurance company will also be looking for pictures of you that can be used to say that you do not have the injuries you claim or that your injuries are not as serious as you claim.

Therefore, the Law Office of John Day advises its clients to be extremely careful about such matters and to truthfully report the nature of all injuries related to the accident and the activity restrictions that occurred as a result.  Indeed, we prefer that you stop posting all together until after your case is over. Any mistakes you make can harm and perhaps even destroy your claim.

This advice applies not just in car wreck cases but in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall cases, and medical malpractice cases.

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