Social media has become incredibly popular. As of January 2014, almost
75% of adults who used the Internet also used social media sites such
as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Since that time, the number has grown.
People often use these sites as ways to keep in touch with people and
to share their experiences with friends and loved once. However, using
a social media site can be detrimental to your case if you are pursuing
a personal injury case.
People pursuing a personal injury suit are usually doing so because they
have suffered significant injuries. They are likely seeking damages for
extensive medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering
caused by the injury. Likewise, these suits are also often the result
of negligence or carelessness on the part of someone else. For example,
if a grocery store owner fails to clean a spill right away after being
notified of its presence, he or she would be held liable if a senior slipped
in the liquid, fell, and broke a hip.
They can also pursue a claim because of emotional distress. People have
sued because of a loss of enjoyment of life, a worsening of anxiety, depression,
withdrawal, and isolation. These are all side effects that can happen
when people are involved in traumatic accidents.
However, not all people are comfortable posting about their pain and suffering
on social media. In fact, people often post the best of their lives as
a means of showing others how well they are doing. Despite the fact they
are suffering emotional or physical distress, they might be trying to
make the best of a bad situation and post it to social media. This type
of gesture can be a huge problem.
Anything you post on the Internet is public record. If you are suing a
large corporation for your injury, the opposition’s attorney will
use anything they can to ensure you don’t get compensation. The
attorney might browse your social media pages, find something he or she
could use against you in court, and you could lose.
For example, if a person is seeking damages for chronic pain and loss of
enjoyment of life, but that person posts a picture on Snapchat showing
himself or herself looking happy and having fun, the judge might rule
against him or her because the claim seems like a lie. The best thing
to do in your situation is to stay off social media until your case has
If you were injured and need help pursuing a case against a negligent party,
talk to one of our skilled
Greenville personal injury attorneys about your situation today.
Contact us at (864) 408-8890 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.