Social Media and Your Shreveport Personal Injury Case
When seeking damage recovery after a Shreveport accident, your Shreveport personal injury lawyer will work with insurance adjusters or the other entity’s lawyers to find a financial figure that can provide compensation for medical fees, property damage, income loss, and more. Compensation can help an accident victim move forward. Funds can provide access to optimal care, for example.
Sometimes, when individuals are not familiar with legal issues, it can be helpful to think of defense in sport terms. After all, if there is an offense, there is a defense. So, while your Louisiana attorney is pushing for the maximum settlement amount, there is likely a defense team on the other side, people that may use tactics to disprove your need for full compensation. One thing they could do is look at how a victim has described the event on social media. If you are an active social media user, talk to your lawyer about what types of posts should be avoided and why.
Do Not Share About the Claim Itself
When you share complaints, information, or images about your personal injury claim, you could be providing others with ways to dispute your need for compensation. Posts you may believe are acceptable could be turned against you.
For example, some posts could be used by defense in the following ways:
- Physical injury is not as bad as it is claimed to be.
- The injury was in connection with another event.
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress not being experienced.
There are times when social media posts are interpreted in a different way than the person who posted the information intended. A picture of a person dancing and laughing at a party could be used to suggest the person is not suffering, for instance.
If you are hesitating about a post, it is best not to post it. It can be difficult for individuals to determine what type of post could be inflammatory.
Deleted Content Could Reappear
Do not rely on the idea you can delete a post later. Because while deleting a post is possible it could be recovered. Once an item is digitally uploaded, it is difficult for a person to delete it completely.
If a subpoena is involved, digital data could be recovered. Digital communications include all electronic messages such as texts, emails, and social media posts. If you have questions about what this means for you, discuss the details of your situation with a Shreveport injury lawyer. Your lawyer can let you know if it is best to avoid social media and how to move forward with a successful claim.
Are you ready to talk to a lawyer about your personal injury claim and social media use? Talk to the personal injury lawyers at Rice & Kendig. We truly care about our clients and devote all our knowledge, skills and resources toward securing a great result every time. You do not need to navigate complicated negotiations on your own. Together, we can achieve success. Contact us today at 318-222-2772 to schedule your free consultation.