The Pew Research Center found in 2014 that 74% of adults who used the Internet also used some form of social media, and in 2017, that figure is likely to have increased. As a result, you should expect that any information derived from your social media page is accessible and discoverable by anyone, including attorneys handling personal injury claims. Therefore, if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you are well-advised to avoid using social media during the personal injury claims and lawsuit process.
For example, many users of social media document their activities, particularly if they are on vacation or engaging in a fun activity with family or friends. If you are in the midst of a personal injury lawsuit, however, and you are alleging that you will never be able to return to work due to the injuries suffered in the accident, then photos or videos of you mountain-climbing or zip-lining could be devastating to your claim. Likewise, if you are claiming to have neck and back injuries, pictures of you playing tennis or even running can undermine the veracity of your personal injury claim.
The job of the defense attorney in a personal injury case is to find evidence that weakens your personal injury claim. Providing that attorney with evidence on your social media pages is not helpful to the attorney representing you, or to your personal injury claim. If you are claiming, for instance, that you no longer are able to engage in physical activities that you used to enjoy, and you post a picture of yourself on Facebook showing you doing that activity, your personal injury claim may fail altogether, and you will receive no compensation.
The experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan are here to help you through the aftermath of a motor vehicle crash, no matter how great the damages or injuries may be. We can look into the circumstances surrounding your accident, assess the situation, and evaluate any claims that you may have for damages. We know how to determine fault in a car accident, and build a strong personal injury claim based on that determination. Contact our office today in order to schedule a free initial consultation about any potential claim that you may have.