Today’s online culture encourages us to share just about everything that happens: from our dog doing silly things, to a dinner we cooked successfully, to a fun night out. This holds extra true for life-changing events, which can include a major injury. However, we have seen far too many clients hinder or even ruin their case by posting on social media. While it may seem harmless, you should absolutely refrain from posting about an injury on social media if you feel as though you may wish to pursue legal action.
Why you ask? The answer is simple: when you file suit against another person or their insurance company, they will then begin an investigation, which means they will seek all forms of evidence regarding the case. Evidence includes testimony, and testimony can include social media posts. It is extremely common for the negligent individual or organization’s insurance company to twist your words posted on social media and attempt to prove that your injuries are not as serious as you claim.
Social media has become a great place to vent frustrations as well. You often see a number of posts dealing with everything from bad customer service to overpriced services and more. Many people also vent when under a lot of emotional stress, including the types of stresses that are brought on by sustaining a serious injury. It is these posts that can be the most detrimental to your case, as people tend to say a lot of things they later regret or feel were unreasonable when they revisit them with a clear head. However, once you post something on the internet, it’s out there forever, and will likely resurface itself during your case. Just remember, your online presence will be monitored during your case.
Who to Discuss Your Case With
Since you can’t post about your case online, you will likely want to know who else you can speak with regarding your injury. It is strongly advised that you speak with as few people as possible—spouse and immediate family only, and even then, if you can limit it to just your spouse, do that. If anyone else you discuss your case with is called in as a witness to corroborate your testimony, anything you have told them could be brought up and be used against you as well.
However, you can discuss the details of your case at length with a qualified Kentucky personal injury lawyer. Attorney-Client Confidentiality states that you can discuss any details you want with your lawyer and they are required not to disclose anything that would compromise your privacy or your case, or discuss those details with anyone else. Likewise, an attorney can help you develop a strategy for navigating your case, giving you the best possible opportunity to obtain the financial relief you need for your injuries.
At Bahe, Cook, Cantley & Nefzger, PLC, our award-wining team strives to provide each of our clients with reliable, compassionate counsel to help them through their injury case. With many years of legal experience, and millions of dollars recovered on behalf of clients, we have developed a reputation of excellence that has received peer recognition and numerous accolades, including being featured in Super Lawyers® Magazine.