Can my social media posts affect my personal injury claim? – Personal injury


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If you receive compensation or benefits as a result of bodily injury, your behavior online, including your behavior on social media platforms, may impact how your claim is assessed by the insurance company. assurance. This could be the case for a:

This article examines how social media activity can negatively impact your personal injury claim.

Be careful how you use your social media accounts when making a claim

In the technological age of social media and smartphones, it is common to regularly post on social media about your activities. These platforms allow quick and easy connection with our friends and family, and the sites display photos and your status, allowing individuals to show their lives to everyone (assuming your privacy settings are minimal).

Does your social media presence reflect your reported injury or illness?

Not all actions on social media are as private as you might assume. Photos and/or words posted online that are inconsistent with the claimed effect of physical or psychological injury may undermine a personal injury claim.

You don’t even have to be the one posting the photos. Sometimes you might not even realize that a friend posted a photo with you.

Posting information about your daily activities can harm your claim, even if you think what you post is harmless or unrelated to your claim.

Can your social media posts be used against you in a personal injury claim?

The short answer is yes.

Insurers and/or other parties involved in your claim will often actively investigate and search for social media content about you, among other monitoring initiatives they may undertake. If you’re suing for damages at common law, social media posts may even be disclosed in some cases. For this reason, it is very important that you act in good faith at all times regarding your injuries and their impact on you.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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