Posted on February 19, 2014 in Personal Injury
No matter if we want to admit it, it’s obvious that social media programs such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become an essential part of our daily lives. We not only use these programs to stay connected with friends, but also to express feelings and keep the “social media world” in the loop of what we do throughout each day. What is not so obvious is that your social media activity can be used against you in a court of law.
Whether you are involved in a car accident or are injured in any way due to the wrongful actions of another, DO NOT discuss the incident on Facebook! This may be difficult as you are frustrated and upset about what happened to you; however, any statements that you make on your social media account(s) could be used as evidence to undermine the veracity of your testimony in court. Defense attorneys will also use photographs or even statements made by other people to question the severity of the injuries you sustained as a result of the accident. You and your personal injury attorney know you are telling the truth but defense attorneys will find whatever they can in order to try to discredit your testimony in front of a judge and jury.
Also keep in mind that changing your profile to “private” does not completely prevent insurance companies and hired investigators from gaining access to your photographs and posts/tweets. Therefore the best way to make sure your interests are protected is to DISCONTINUE social media use prior to and during the litigation process. As this may not be a feasible option for you, please be mindful of the photographs you and your friends and family post on your profile and be sure not to say anything in regards to the accident itself and/or the injuries you sustained.
The involvement of social media in the court room today is just another reason why it is important for you to speak with an attorney soon after being involved in an accident. For more information call the law offices of Jay L. Edelstein, Attorney at Law in Philadelphia at 610-893-9311 or visit our website at www.myphillypersonalinjurylawyer.com to schedule a free consultation.Your social media activity can be used against you in a court of law. Whether you are involved in a car accident or are injured in any way due to the wrongful actions of another, DO NOT discuss the incident on Facebook!