Posting pictures or facts regarding your open personal injury is a huge mistake. The insurance companies, their attorneys, investigators, and other parties are probably watching you and waiting for you to post something that makes it easy for them to challenge your injury claims or the facts of your case. Social media can kill your case and opposing parties will search for anything that makes you look like a liar.
What to do on social media after a personal injury
It’s best to stay off social media completely while your personal injury case is pending. Deactivating your profiles is the best practice. If you do decide to stay on social media, here are some tips on what to do:
- Apply the highest privacy settings. Do not give the public any access to your profile content or photographs. Please remember that private doesn’t mean invisible, and opposing parties will find you and try to find access to your profiles, whether it’s through a mutual contact or another means.
- Be very selective about who you “friend” or connect with. Don’t connect to anyone whom you don’t know.
- Do not post anything about your case; do not answer questions about the facts or how you are feeling.
- Do not post anything about meetings with your lawyers or staff members. If you do mention this on a public platform, it may result in a challenge to the attorney-client privilege.
- Be very discrete about any photos that you post. Do not post pictures of your injuries or the accident on social media. Do not post pictures of yourself engaging in physical activities, such as athletic sports, exercise, or manual labor.
- Think about what you post. Do not post anything about your social life that involves drinking, partying, or other activities that the defendant, its insurance company, or their attorneys may use to paint you in an unfavorable light to a jury.
- Only speak with your lawyers and doctors. Do not send any emails regarding your case to anyone except your attorneys, and do not talk to anyone but your attorneys and doctors about your case.
- Do not forward any emails from your attorneys to anyone else. Forwarding attorney e-mails or sharing attorney communications of any kind can result in your unintentional waiver of the attorney-client privilege.
- Do not enter insurance websites, participate in blogs, chat-rooms, newsfeed conversations, or message boards. Everything you put on the internet can become fair game for the insurance company and their attorneys. Do not publish anything inappropriate anywhere that can be used against you or your personal injury case.