Your social media accounts can have a serious impact on your personal injury claim. They offer an intimate view into your daily life, which is a factor in determining the compensation that you might be entitled to after an accident. The damages you are compensated for are calculated based on objective factors such as medical bills and lost wages. Additionally, you may be compensated for more subjective losses such as a reduced of quality life. Social media can be very revealing about the extent to which a person is actually suffering from these subjective losses in the wake of an accident.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our Houston personal injury lawyers have seen the value of a personal injury claim fall through the floor after a person’s social media accounts paint a different picture than what they are claiming. For this reason, we recommend that our clients be very careful about what they post on social media after a car wreck or other incident. If you’ve been in an accident and are seeking compensation, contact us today at (281) 283-8500 to schedule a free consultation of your case.
Your Social Media Can Be Used to Dispute Your Claim
Most personal injury claims get settled by an insurance company. The allegedly negligent party’s insurance company will review the facts of the case, determine who is at fault, and how much compensation should be given out. As a business, the insurance company’s primary goal is to make a profit. This means that they will always try their hardest to minimize the amount of compensation they award you. Each case is handled by a claims adjuster, who will conduct an in-depth investigation to unearth every possible reason for reducing your settlement. This includes a review of the social media accounts of you, your friends, and your family.
When they review your social media accounts, insurance adjusters will obviously look for any photos that contradict your claims. If you are suffering from back or neck pain, for example, they will consider any photo of you performing everyday tasks or activities as proof that you are fine and well. But the adjusters won’t stop at your photos. Even written posts and tweets could become a reason for denying your compensation. Imagine it’s a nice day and you post, “what a great day to be outside!” Even if you don’t actually go outside, this statement could be construed as you having the desire and ability to leave the house, which could mean you are not as badly injured as you claim.
Get Your Social Media Under Control During the Claims Process
If you are submitting a personal injury claim, it’s a good idea to ensure that your social media accounts are set to private. You can also limit other people’s ability to tag you in posts. Some people even go so far as to temporarily disable or delete their accounts. But in some cases, the negligent party’s insurance company may be in a position to ask a court to grant access to your accounts and whatever they might contain. So the best solution is to ensure you have nothing to hide on your social media.
The best course of action is to live and act in a way that is consistent with the injuries you are claiming. If on a given day you feel better than usual, and you want to walk around the neighborhood or go out and meet with friends and family, you should think twice about doing so. If the insurance claims adjuster finds out (by checking your social media accounts or through other means), it could spell disaster for your claim.
Contact a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
Following an accident, be careful about what you post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and your other online accounts. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we will do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you need assistance going through the claims process, call us today at (281) 283-8500, or reach out through the online form to schedule a free case consultation.