Social media has become a daily part of our lives. So much so that people often post information without thinking twice about how it might affect something like their personal injury case. For an injured person involved in litigation, the ramifications of social media posts on the outcome of your recovery should be thoughtfully considered.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should speak with an experienced legal team immediately. Injured 914 is a winning injury law firm dedicated to serving the wrongfully injured. Call us today at (914) 368-7168 or send us a message online for a free consultation.
Legal Rulings About Social Media & Litigation
A 2018 decision by the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest state court, unanimously ruled that “private” social media posts may be subject to discovery in civil lawsuits.
As a result, insurance companies (and their lawyers) will diligently investigate all forms of social media looking for information that may show that your injury is not as severe as has been claimed or that its effects are less debilitating than you or your lawyers allege.
What Kinds of Social Media Posts Might Harm My Case?
Are there photos of you engaging in physical activity (after the accident) that you claimed you were unable to pursue because of your injury? Have you posted vacation pictures that contradict your claim to have been confined to home? Have you shared any information about your accident or your lawsuit with others? In some cases, the defense may be granted permission to look at your private posts and messages as well.
If social media posts can be used to contradict your injury claims, the insurance company will use them to reject or minimize the recovery to which you may otherwise be entitled.
But Social Media Can Also Help…
Fortunately, social media investigations can work both ways. Social media can also be used “offensively” to demonstrate the defendant’s carelessness or reckless behavior. Social media evidence can also be used to illustrate the impact of your injuries upon your life by comparing and contrasting the activities in which you were engaged before and after your accident.
Need Legal Guidance? Contact Injured 914.
Although every claim is different, be mindful of what you post on social media while you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit. Remember also to always consult with your attorney if you have any questions about the potential impact of your posts.
Injured 914 is a premier injury firm in White Plains, NY serving all of Westchester County and beyond. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. The legal team at Injured 914 are seasoned trial lawyers who have recovered more than $1 million in verdicts and settlements for injury clients.
Contact us today at (914) 368-7168 or online to schedule a free consultation.