How Social Media Can Affect Your Personal Injury Claim
Social media may play a big role in your life and be something you use every day. You wouldn’t be alone if you accessed one platform or another on a regular basis. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the country has a population of over 335 million. When it comes to social media use, there are more than 300 million social media users in the U.S. alone.
Social media may be where you get your news or the means by which you keep in touch with friends and family. However, when you are in the midst of an active personal injury claim, it may be best to take a break from your social media usage. And you may be surprised if your attorney advises you of just this. However, your attorney is offering this recommendation for good reason because your attorney is looking out for your best interests and wants to help you get the most from your personal injury claim.
If you were harmed in an injury accident in Pennsylvania, you may reach out to a Philadelphia personal injury attorney at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP, for more information on what can be done to secure financial compensation.
Why Avoiding Social Media Helps a Personal Injury Claim
It may seem like what you use social media for is so benign and innocent that you couldn’t even believe that your social media habits could have any impact on your claim. The truth is, that social media can have a big impact on our claim, and insurance adjusters looking to find ways to devalue your claim and pay you little to nothing will immediately search all of your social media to pull information that will help them achieve their goal.
When you suffered injuries after an accident, the extent of your injuries, the medical treatment you needed, and how your injuries have affected your life are all components that will be used to value your claim. Therefore, putting any information out there that could contradict your damages can jeopardize your claim.
For example, if you were injured in a Pennsylvania car accident, you may have calculated a certain amount of pain and suffering damages. Since this is non-economic damage, meaning there is not a definite cost like a medical bill, there can be debate on what a realistic amount is for this type of damage. When an insurance adjuster checks out your social media, if they see you out having fun with friends or engaging in physical activities, this information can be used to argue that your injuries were not as bad as you said they were and therefore you deserve much less than you are asking for your damages.
Speak to an Attorney at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP Today
It is best to stay off of social media while you are pursuing financial compensation from a personal injury claim. If you really must use it, then keeping your accounts private and being very careful of posting on other people’s accounts is recommended.
For more information on how to build a successful personal injury claim, please reach out to Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP by calling (215) 731-9900 to schedule a free consultation.