Car Wrecks and Facebook

I was in a car wreck and spent four days in the hospital because of the injuries I received.  I also will need several months of physical therapy.  When I got out of the hospital I updated my status on my Facebook page.  A friend of mine e-mailed me and said I should be careful about what I post on Facebook about the car accident and my recovery.   Is she right? 

Yes, but not just because you had a car accident.  What you say on social media is there to stay.  Forever.  People who read it will make certain judgments about you based on what you said on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media outlets.  Thus, one should always use good judgment when utilizing social media.

This is also true after you have been in an accident of any type.  Your adversary will read your social media page.  Your adversary will look at your photographs and videos.  Your adversary will be looking for inconsistent statements or other documentation that indicates that your injuries are different than you claim or affect you differently than you maintain in a lawsuit.  The inconsistency may be minor, but your adversary will try to make it look like a lie.

Therefore, our firm suggests that our clients be very careful about what they write or otherwise post on social media.  Indeed, in a perfect world, we would like you not to publish anything.  At a minimum, use very good judgment about what you publish.  If you are unsure how to handle this, an experienced personal injury attorney can guide you through the specifics of your situation.

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