Michigan City, Indiana personal injury lawyer discusses the problems with social media and personal injury claims.
Whether you're injured in a car accident in Michigan City, a slip-trip and fall in Valparaiso, or a victim of medical malpractice in Hobart, you may be entitled to money damages to compensate you for your injuries. An injury lawyer in Northwest Indiana can explain to you how social media can affect your case and the things you need to do to protect your personal injury claim. This is because insurance defense attorneys, insurance adjusters and investigators for the insurance company will troll the internet looking for stuff that they can use to deny or greatly reduce your injury claim.
Below are a number of social media tips to help the injured person protect their Northwest Indiana injury claim:
- If you are able, suspend all social media activity until your Northwest Indiana injury claim is finished. This means no posting on Facebook or Linkedin or Twitter. If you refuse to suspend your social media activity, understand that anything you post may become available to the insurance company lawyer.
Most people are not able to follow the above advice so if you still are planning on using social media follow these rules:
- Set all your security settings to the highest level of privacy
- Do not post about your injuries or your claim
- Monitor your friends' sites to see if they are posting things about your injuries or claims
- Keep your status updates to general topics
- Do not post any embarrassing pictures
- Do not post any pictures of you doing activities that may suggest to a stranger that you are not injured
- Monitor all comments that are made to your account
- Before you accept a friend request – make sure you know the person
- Monitor your Facebook feed for any pictures or videos where you may be tagged
- Limit the time that you spend on social media activities
No one is perfect but if you follow these suggestions, you will not inadvertently allow your social media activity to destroy your Northwest Indiana personal injury claim. My rule is this: before you comment, insert or post – ask yourself this question. Would you be comfortable if your posts were paraded on a movie screen with an audience full of your family members, employer and fellow employees, and jurors? If not, you probably should probably pass on posting.
Indiana injury law is complex. The insurance companies and their attorneys are very aggressive in trying to find negative information about an injury victim. If you have been injured in a car accident or medical malpractice and would like information about your claim, contact our office at (219) 874-4878.