How Your Online Presence Could Harm Your Claim’s Outcome
There are many ways that our own actions on social media can come back to haunt us, especially when it comes to a legal claim. Your online presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, even dating apps and LinkedIn, can have significantly detrimental effects on your case and may be used as evidence against you in court.
Fortunately, the legal team at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. is here to help. We have outlined four key dos and don’ts to keep in mind while in the middle of a legal battle:
- Do not post about your case on social media: Everything online is permanent — including deleted posts, as any post can be screenshotted while it is live. Most importantly, posts can be easily spun by the defense to seem like something completely different than they really are.
- Do enhance your privacy settings across every social media account: The simple act of setting your social media accounts to private can prevent the defense from sifting through your posts and using anything they find against you. Make sure to monitor your friends and followers by not accepting any requests from people you do not know or trust.
- Do not let people tag you online: In addition to setting your social media accounts to private, it is vital that none of your friends or family members tag you in any photos or posts. You never know who their friends or followers are or whether their accounts are set to private. Pictures and posts found on another person’s account can still be used against you in court.
- Do not check into locations online: Similar to being tagged in photos and posts, checking yourself into restaurants and other locations can carry negative consequences. The defense may use check-ins as false proof that your injuries are minor because they don’t prevent you from going out.
Our dedicated attorneys at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. know how tragic and traumatizing it can be to suffer injuries at the hands of another. Do not give the defense any ammunition they can use to minimize the harm they caused you: Remember to secure your privacy settings across social media accounts and refrain from posting about your case.
If you are pursuing a claim against the negligent party that harmed you, Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. can provide you with experienced legal counsel. We have advocated for thousands of injury victims in Mississippi throughout our more than 30 years of practice; we truly want to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you get back to your life.
If you or a loved one was injured by negligence, call Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. at (601) 869-0696 or contact us online.