Be Careful What You Post On Social Media – It Could Be Used Against You in Your Personal Injury Claim
Do you have a Facebook account? An Instagram account? Do you tweet? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Social media usage has taken the country by storm, and has led to many positive social goods, billions of selfies being taken, and news stories, political opinions and videos of cute cats being shared. As enjoyable as it can be to participate in this digital revolution, if you are in the process of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages for an injury, then it is important that you understand that you need to be careful in what you post on social media, as it could be used against you in your personal injury claim.
The lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law are strong advocates for our clients, and it is important to us that you understand the various risks that your involvement in social media may pose.
When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you are seeking more than a judgment that the defendant is at fault for what has happened to you. You are seeking compensation for the damages that you have suffered. Damages in a personal injury lawsuit can fall into a number of categories, including the cost of any medical expenses that you incurred or property damage that you suffered. It can also include claims of loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, emotional trauma and the like. These claims are quite legitimate, but they are much more difficult to prove in a lawsuit then actual submission of hospital and doctor bills. A personal injury attorney’s ability to get a plaintiff the compensation that they deserve for this less tangible damages relies on how compelling and believable their account of the injury victim’s suffering is, and to that end the lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law often enlist the expert testimony of a number of witnesses.
At the same time that a personal injury attorney is gathering evidence in support of an injury victim’s case, the attorneys representing a defendant are doing the same – gathering evidence to prove that the injuries suffered are not severe, or even that they are non-existent. One of the most powerful tools that they have begun to use is social media postings. When a plaintiff is claiming to be unable to enjoy life but then posts a photo on Facebook or Instagram showing them dancing, or running on the beach, it works against the jury’s belief in their suffering. Even a posting without a photo, or a picture posted and tagged by a friend, can be entered as evidence against you. It is important that you are careful about what you post on social media.
Victims of negligence are entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering that they endure, but in order to win their personal injury lawsuit it is important that they do everything that they can to support their case.
For information on how we can help you win the compensation that you deserve, contact the Connecticut law firm of Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law today.