Social Media and Personal Injury
When it comes to getting into a car wreck, you end up with quite a story, along with some possible injuries. Once the dust is settled and you’re sitting in the hospital all bandaged up, you may want to share your story with the social media world, or maybe you’re a little obsessed and thought about doing this while still inside your demolished vehicle. Either way, you may want to wait a little bit before you start throwing the details of the incident all over your Facebook and Twitter. This isn’t to say that you can’t inform your friends that you have been in a wreck, just not to go too deep into detail, and we’ll tell you why. Anything you post on Facebook about your incident can be used as evidence.
That’s right, your social media accounts can be potential evidence against you in a personal injury case, and not just what you post after the incident either. Insurance companies have to access a vehicle accident to determine who is at fault and how much is required to pay for damages, including how medical expenses and compensation for lost income from not being able to work. If an insurance company believes that you are pretending or faking injuries to get more money from them, at the very least you will be denied the compensation, and if they so choose to, could attempt to charge you with fraud.
So how can social media be used against you in court and by an insurance company? Before the incident if you post about reckless behavior, or anything that gives reason to suggest reckless behavior such as photos taken while driving, it could cause suspicion on your behalf. After the accident, the posts you make about the accident have to coincide with the account given to the police and the insurance company. If details contradict each other on your social media account and what you told officials, than your insurance claim gets thrown into question. If your social media accounts tell just a slightly different story than the official one you gave insurance assessors and law enforcement officials, it could also make them question if you are being truthful, or if you remember the incident correctly.
There is also the recovery period to keep an eye on as well. As you post about your recovery, remember if you say you need three weeks before returning to work, but take selfies at a tennis court halfway through the three weeks without returning to work, the seriousness of your injuries will become questionable. The same can be said if you return to work early without informing the insurance company so that you end up collecting two checks. If you take a pic at your desk or write a back to work post while an insurance company thinks you’re lying in bed recovering, you may run into a few accusations.
For more advice on what to do while handling a personal injury case, contact Ward T. Berg today. With years as a New Smyrna Beach Personal Injury attorney, he can help make sure you get the compensation you deserve while not causing suspicion to be put on your claim.