The Dangers of Using Social Media When You’re Pursuing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
In cases where a person sustains an injury due to the negligence or recklessness of another, that person is entitled to pursue financial compensation from the injuring party. While this is a basic right afforded to anyone who suffers at the hands of another, beginning a case and winning one are vastly different goals. When it comes to winning a personal injury case, there are a number of things that might deter a case, one of which could be the ill effects of social media.
While it is a relatively new threat to winning a legal case, social media can present dangerous situations for one’s lawsuit. One of the most important things to keep in mind while using social media and pursuing a personal injury claim is to never post anything that might invalidate statements made during a case. Posting about a scenario or painting it in a certain light may conflict with the testimony made during the trial and thereby cause doubt in the minds of the judge and jury. For example, engaging in a highly physical activity, such as a sport, on social media will cause others to question whether or not the injury is truly serious enough to warrant the financial compensation that is being sought after.
Posting irresponsible things on social media will also cast down in the character and mindset of the person filing the claim. For example, if one posts about driving recklessly, even if it is meant as a joke, while pursuing a claim against a reckless driver, it will cause the courtroom to wonder if both parties were indeed negligent and thereby invalidate the case. As a rule of thumb, it is always a good idea to stay off social media as much as possible under the personal injury lawsuit is resolved.
While winning a personal injury case can be a tricky endeavor, it can always be made easier through consulting with an attorney. At the Franco Law Firm, we have the skill and experience to give you the best chance possible of winning your case. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation with us, please call (813) 872-0929.