How an innocent social media post could destroy your personal injury case
Insurance companies now do social media investigations on all personal injury claimants – including my clients. If you think you have a personal injury case, post nothing about it on social media.
More and more clients are destroying their personal injury cases with social media posts. In car wreck cases in particular, posts by clients that say snarky things about the opposing driver, cracking wise or trying to be humorous, and photos of yourself smiling at the accident scene have all played a role in destroying or reducing the monetary value of personal injury cases. Insurance adjusters, juries, and judges will not award significant, if any, damages for pain and suffering to people who do this. Clients who post photos and comments about the fun they are having at parties, social events, etc., while they are still getting medical treatment or claiming they are still in pain from their injuries are drastically reducing, if not destroying, the value of their cases.
A local lawyer recently reported that he had a good car wreck case, his client not at fault and having suffering a torn rotator cuff, a serious injury that can require surgery. All was going well in the case until his client went on vacation and posted a picture on her Facebook page of her in a yoga pose – on the back of a horse! That photo cost the client tens of thousands of dollars. Even going on vacation while your personal injury case is pending can reduce the value of your case, particularly if you go while your medical treatment is ongoing.