Social Community Forums Could Shatter your Personal Injury Lawsuit
These days, social community forums have clearly changed the way that people communicate and work with the world. Most of people have social media account, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Myspace; which is a powerful network to communicate and engage with hundreds of thousands of people with a single click. It’s amazing to think that the things you post on social media can have negative impacts on your case and compensation to which you may be entitled. Unfortunately, almost anything can be used by the opposing party to make you look bad.
What we share on social media websites can impact us in many ways that we don’t consider. It can affect your school prospects, job opportunities, credit and loan applications and even court cases you may be involved with. Using information gathered about a person online termed as Social Media Discovery, has become more prevalent in recent years. Once you share something online, not only can friends and family see what you share; often strangers can as well. And some of these strangers could be employers, police officers, insurance agents or lawyers.
The two most crucial aspects of social media for purposes of gathering evidence to use in a personal injury case are what and when. Social networking websites record what activities you do, what words you say about how you feel, your plans–almost a daily log of your life for some people. Photos, status updates and messages on social community forum can be used against you in court proceedings and can adversely affect the chances of succeeding in your personal injury claim.
Lawyers know that social media can offer up a wealth of information that can help the cases of both. Your own pictures and posts can be used against you by defense teams to either draw conclusions or to try and poke holes in your case.
In general, we encourage you to be safe and responsible in your online usage, as it could be used unfairly against you to draw conclusions. Social media is a great way to talk to your friends, build a brand, help a cause, and have a lot of fun. Sadly, it is also a way for people to take advantage of you in the court room.
We have some advice for you if you have filed a case or your case is pending:
- Don’t talk to strangers. Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know; they could be an insurance adjuster or a defense attorney.
- Check your privacy settings.
- Remind your friends not to post messages, photos, or videos about you.
- Do not discuss your medication or injuries with anyone online.
If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer to help you through an accident in Ontario, contact Mazin & Associates, PC, Personal Injury Lawyers on (416) 625-2122.