Social media is increasingly popular among all age groups. While there are positives to this, like increase communication and connection with others, there are downsides as well. Those who are injured because of another party will want to make sure they avoid social media, so they don’t end up losing their case because of what they post.
Insurance Companies Look Through Social Media
Insurance companies don’t make money by approving claims, so they will look for any reason to deny a claim or limit the amount of money paid out. If they spot a photo or video on a social media website that could be used to deny a claim, they will use it against the injured person. If they spot information in a social media post that makes it seem like the injured person was lying about the accident, they will deny the claim completely. An accident attorney understands this and will often recommend their client avoids using social media at all following their injuries.
Social Media Posts are Public and Can be Used in Court
Social media posts are generally considered to be public, so they can be used in court. Consider situations when a private investigator catches a photo of a person who, though injured, is doing something they shouldn’t be able to do with their injury. In today’s world, social media often takes the place of the private investigator as the injured person will post their own photos that the insurance company can then use to deny the claim.
Photos Can Help Disprove Claims
A person who is injured may still be able to enjoy some activities, but they may be made more difficult because of the injury. This is not something that’s possible to see in a photo. If a person is not supposed to be able to do an activity because of their injury, yet they post a photo of them doing that activity on social media, the insurance company will use it to completely deny the claim. This could be evidence that the person is fraudulently seeking compensation, but also likely is that they are injured but still want to enjoy the same activities they used to enjoy.
Posts Can be Used to Reduce a Settlement
In some cases, social media photos may not allow the insurance company to completely deny the claim but may be used to limit the amount of money paid out. The injured person may claim emotional distress due to their injuries. If they post photos where they’re smiling, this can be used to deny the emotional distress part of the claim. They may still receive compensation for their injuries, but they will be limited in the amount they can recover.
If you’ve been injured and you’re seeking compensation from the at-fault party, avoid posting to social media for the time being. Though you might believe the photos, videos, and comments you post are innocent, there is a huge possibility that they could be used against you. This could end with your claim being denied or with you receiving less money at the end of the case. Speak with a lawyer today to learn more about why you should avoid social media during your case or start getting help for your case.