Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives over the last couple of decades, and although some of us may not share our most intimate thoughts and moments on the platform of choice, you’d be surprised as to just how much information one can gather about you on there. When it comes to personal injury claims, this can certainly become problematic as lawyers can access a myriad of supplementary information that could determine the outcome of your case.
Your Content Is Evidence
If you’re involved in a personal injury case, you should know that any material can be used against you in cross-examination, including social media posts and messages. In court, the general consensus on social media is that it is acceptable to use as evidence in civil and criminal matters; the other parties do not need to request permission or inform you of using your social media content in a case; and this type of material is often used in personal injury cases to cast doubt on credibility.
Even the most indiscriminate post of you saying, “I had a great time at your birthday party last month!” could derail your case when seeking compensation for psychological damages or physical impacts from an accident prior to the post.
Insurance Companies Know What to Look for
Insurance companies are now privy to the power of social media to investigate just how much your injuries have an impact on your capacity to work, socialise and partake in everyday activities. They will even look through the accounts of those listed as your friends and family to determine whether the claims of your circumstances can be corroborated. So, it’s not just enough to be weary of your social media activity, but also for those you know to also be cautious of what they post on their own accounts.
Everything is accessible
When using any social media platform, always assume that everything is publicly accessible – whether you share things publicly or privately, as evidence obtained from all forms of communication, including social media, can be used in the court of law.
It’s standard practise for a lawyer to do a thorough search on all parties involved in a case, so assume that social media will be a basic part of this and always think twice about posting negative things about your company, boss and colleagues. Remember, once you post it, it’ll live on forever.
If you’d like help with your personal injury claim, speak with an expert at Taylor & Scott Lawyers today. We have a proven track record of winning even the most difficult TPD and TTD cases so not only will you get sound advice, we’ll also support you from start to finish with the compassion you need to get through – as always, with a no-win no-fee guarantee.
Because at Taylor & Scott Lawyers, we care for you.