There's Nothing to 'Like' About Insurance Companies Spying On Your Social Media Profiles
When you're seriously injured in a car accident and you make the decision to contact an attorney and file a personal injury claim, you may have a lot on the line. You probably have piles of unpaid medical bills, and you may not be able to work to bring in income; getting the compensation you deserve after an accident can help take away some of your financial stress so you can focus on healing.
However, there's something that millions of people do every day that could completely ruin your chances of winning your car accident case: signing into social media websites and apps.
Social media is no longer just an online novelty, it's a way of life for many, many people. Nearly 60 percent of the American population has a profile on one or more social media websites, and Facebook has over 1.2 billion users worldwide. Some people use these websites as a way to let off steam and share negative feelings. This could mean anything from complaining about school or work, to sharing details about a recent car accident. If you are one of these people, we encourage you to think before you post.
Do not assume the privacy settings on your social media accounts are capable of keeping unwanted individuals from looking at your profiles. When you're involved in a personal injury case, the best thing you can do for yourself is to act as if anyone and everyone can see what you post. This includes lawyers for the defense, judges, and the person who was responsible for your car accident. They're going to look for anything to discredit you and your injury claim, and they know that like most people, you might just let your guard down on a website like Facebook.
Truthfully, your best bet is to simply stay off all social media websites until your case has been settled. Even posting about things completely unrelated to your car accident can come up in court, so you don't want to give the insurance company a chance to make you look bad and ruin your chance at being compensated for your injuries.
Do you know someone who is currently involved in a car accident personal injury case? Share this article with them; you may just help stop them from making a big mistake online.