Proving damages in a personal injury claim requires strong evidence, complicated formulas, and possibly the testimony of expert witnesses. If you were injured and you intend to bring a claim, you should expect the insurance company or defendant to search for reasons to dispute the value of your case.
Two out of three American adults are now on Facebook. If you have a profile on any of the major social media platforms, it is very likely that the insurance adjuster will review it for evidence that can be used to dispute liability or damages. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few social media tips to help you avoid disputes during the claims process.
The New York City personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny know the tactics used by insurance companies to reduce their liability. Our lawyers have more than 100 combined years of experience in legal practice. Call (646) 808-3785 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Read on to learn five social media tips to protect your injury claim:
- Update Your Privacy Settings
If your profiles are not already set to private, log in to each one as soon as you decide to file a claim and update their privacy settings. It may also be wise to review your list of friends or followers and delete anyone whom you do not know personally.
- Reach out to Loved Ones
Even if your profiles are set to private, insurance adjusters may still be able to see photos and videos that your friends post. Remind your contacts that you are in the middle of legal proceedings and need to monitor your online presence carefully. Request that they abstain from publishing any text posts about you or photos of you until your case has been resolved.
- Avoid Posting About the Case
Do not discuss your injuries, the accident that caused them, or the progress of your case online. Even if you are merely seeking advice from others, it is never wise to discuss a pending case with anyone but your personal injury attorney.
- Avoid Posting About Your Injuries
Friends and loved ones may want to follow your recovery online, but posting about your injuries could end up jeopardizing your case. Those who inquire about your wellbeing would probably love to hear from you anyway, so call them instead of sending updates over social media.
- Avoid Posting About Your Social Life
There is no way to predict how the insurance adjuster might use photographs of you spending time with friends or family. Even if you were in immense pain when a photo was taken, the opposing party may use it to argue that you are exaggerating your damages.
Discuss Your Case with a Personal Injury Lawyer in New York City
If you were hurt in a preventable accident that was someone else’s fault, contact The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny to discuss your case. Our accident attorneys have recovered more than $100 million for clients in successful settlements and verdicts. Call (646) 808-3785 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation.