Social media has become an all-too-pervasive part of our culture. Many people forget that everything posted to the internet is considered public information, regardless of the privacy settings you use on your social media pages.
Even if you delete a post or picture, it can still be recovered from archives or could already have been saved on someone else’s computer.
This is especially important to remember if you’re in the middle of a personal injury claim. The way you interact with people or present yourself on social media can affect the outcome of your case—and often not in a good way.
It’s better to stay away from social media until your claim has officially concluded. Even comments that come across as being too positive in the days following the accident could be used against you as evidence that the accident did not affect you in the way you claim.
Below are some tips to consider for your use (or lack thereof) of social media after an accident:
- Do not post anything about the accident: It can be tempting to post a picture of your vehicle damage or reassure your friends and family that you are okay, but it’s better to say nothing at all. Don’t make any information about your accident or treatment public.
- Deactivate accounts: If you believe you will have a hard time controlling your social media use, it’s best to deactivate your accounts altogether. This ensures you will post nothing about the accident while your claim is pending.
- Update privacy settings: If you decide you will continue using social media sparingly, make sure you update your privacy settings to the most exclusive level possible. Only allow friends to see what you can post, and perhaps even limit your postings to smaller groups of friends. Also, adjust your Facebook settings so that anything someone tags you in will not appear on your page without your approval.
- Watch what you say via messages: Do not send any texts, emails or social media messages regarding your case, accident, health or activities to anyone other than your attorney.
- Tell your friends to watch what they post: Even if you beef up your privacy settings, there is no guarantee your friends will do the same. Ask that they avoid tagging you or mentioning you on social media until you’ve finished the claim process. They should especially refrain from posting any pictures of you.
With how attached we are to our social media networks these days, it can be challenging for people to disconnect and control their usage—even for a short period of time. But when involved in a personal injury claim or other type of civil action, it can be absolutely critical to do so.
To learn more about your options after a serious accident, speak with a skilled New York personal injury attorney at Robinson & Yablon, P.C.