Online culture encourages us to share just about everything that happens. However, just because you can does not always mean you should, especially when you’re in the middle of a lawsuit. While it may seem harmless, posting about a personal injury on social media could have a serious negative impact on your case.
When you file a lawsuit against another person or their insurance company, they begin an investigation and seek all forms of evidence regarding the case. Evidence includes testimony, and testimony can include your social media posts. It is extremely common for the defense to twist your words posted online in an attempt to discredit you and the severity of your injuries.
Social media has also become a place to vent frustrations. You often see posts dealing with everything from road rage rants to bad service at a restaurant. While you may be under stress during a personal injury claim, the last thing you should do is run to social media and vent. These posts can be detrimental to your case, as people tend to say things they regret when they’re angry or upset. Once you post something on the internet, it’s there forever, even if you delete it.
You shouldn’t post about your case online, but you may want to know who you can speak with regarding your injury. It is strongly advised that you speak with as few people as possible—such as your spouse and immediate family only. Even then, don’t give out too much information. The only person you should discuss your case with completely is your attorney. Attorney-client confidentiality states that you can discuss any details you want with a lawyer and they cannot disclose anything that would compromise your privacy or your case.
An attorney can also help you develop a strategy for navigating your case, giving you the best possible opportunity to obtain the financial relief you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, please contact our Reno personal injury attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today.