You were driving home when a distracted driver veered into you at full speed, sending your car spinning out of control. Now you’re laid up in a hospital bed, critically injured and deeply resentful.
If you’re like most of us in the social media era, you’re probably tempted to turn to Twitter or Facebook to vent your frustrations. What’s the harm in letting off a little steam online?
A lot, in fact. If you’re currently in the midst of a personal injury lawsuit, expect that everything you say or do will be highly scrutinized by the insurance company – and this includes your online activity. In today’s post, we outline the things you should – and shouldn’t – do online after an accident.
- Don’t: describe any events surrounding your accident, your injuries or your case.
- Don’t: upload any photos or videos of yourself – nothing that might suggest you’re fitter or happier than your lawsuit claims.
- Don’t: accept friend requests from unknown people. Insurance companies may set up fake social media profiles to gain access to your posts and use them against you.
- Don’t: publicize your location. It can look suspicious if you claim to have spinal injuries, but Facebook shows you “checking in” at an amusement park, for example.
- Do: update your privacy settings. Make sure only your friends can see your posts. Also enable restrictions so that others can’t tag you in their posts.
- Do: talk to your friends and family about the need to keep your accident and lawsuit off of social media. Just like you, your loved ones may be tempted to use social media to unleash their exasperation about your situation – without realizing this could harm your case.
Following a serious accident, focus your energy on recuperating and getting back on your feet. By taking a break from social media, you can strengthen your case and your likelihood of achieving justice.