Social media is the way we share our lives with others these days. While the connections made on Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms are indeed fulfilling, use of these platforms can also come back to haunt you during a personal injury case.
That’s because the posts and comments you make are admissible in a court of law. Here are a few ways your actions can harm you case, and what you can do to avoid a potential issue.
Check-Ins Might “Prove” You’re Not as Injured as You Claim
Check-ins at different establishments around town present a rich, full life to others. However, these check-ins can be construed as going against your injury claims. For example, if you check in to a gym or fitness center, the opposing legal counsel might use it to show that you’re much healthier than you claim, regardless if you’re attending a fitness center for therapeutic assistance to recover from injuries.
Your Posts Create the Image of an Able Person
Most people don’t have the luxury of taking all the time in the world to recover after an injury. Even if you’re unable to work, you will still need to go shopping, take kids to and from school, as well as many other tasks. If you post about these activities online, it’s easy to paint a picture of a fully able person. Things like chronic pain and instability won’t be considered, even though they might be a constant part of your life.
Your Family and Friends Might Contradict Legal Claims
Your loved ones might mean well, but their comments can also land you in hot water legally. If someone makes an off-hand statement without having all the facts, the opposing legal counsel is likely to pounce. As a result, you will be forced to defend yourself against a statement made by someone else, even if the veracity of the statement is questionable. Even an innocent joke can cast doubt on your case, which is why it’s best to stay off social media until it’s resolved.
Our team of attorneys at Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C. don’t believe accident victims should be penalized for innocent things they post online. However, we will provide counsel throughout your personal injury case to ensure you’re making the best decisions for a successful outcome. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more about our Albuquerque firm and what we do. You can also call 505-343-1776 to schedule a consultation today.