Controlling Your Case: The Snags of Social Media

by Terry Bryant

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How Can Social Media Affect Your Case?

If your case is before a jury, the judge will instruct to jurors that they are not allowed to perform any outside research during the trial.  This means that they cannot look you up online by using social media.  Your attorney is able to control your case and how you present yourself to the jury.

A far different set of terms controls how you are presented to the insurance adjuster during the course of settlement negotiations.  If you have been posting online and using your social media accounts, you better believe that the adjuster is also searching online and looking for your social media accounts.

As someone who suffered an injury, you can help to control the outcome of your case by using social media sensibly.  A thorough insurance adjuster and defense team will do their best to scour the internet for information about your personal life and your claim.

Don’t compromise the value of your case by posting online.  If you can’t refrain from maintaining your social media presence, heighten your privacy settings and think twice about the content you post.  Ask yourself, does anything about this content hurt my case?

It is best to provide all information about yourself and your claim directly to your attorney.  Then, your attorney is can disclose this information to the insurance adjuster and defense team when the time is appropriate.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, contact a Board Certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.