Social Media & PI Cases: How Social Media Can Sabotage Your Case (Pt. 1)
November 24, 2014
Social media is an effective way to communicate and is clearly here to stay. While using various social media sites is daily habit for some people, when these people also have a personal injury case pending, what they post to their social media accounts can end sabotaging their case if they are not careful.
Here and in an upcoming second part of this blog, we will point out some of the specific ways in which using social media can end up hurting injured people’s (i.e., plaintiffs’) personal injury cases. If you, however, have not yet initiated your personal injury case, you can get professional advice and superior representation by contacting the experienced Portland personal injury lawyers at the Savage Law Firm today.
Social Media & PI Cases: Here’s What You Should Avoid Doing…
If you regularly use social media and you are involved in any type of personal injury case, do your best to avoid:
- Posting comments about your injuries or the accident – While you may be in the habit of jumping on your social media accounts to express your feelings or share what is going on in your life, when it comes to talking about your injuries and the accident that led to them, do your best to avoid commenting at all about these matters in any social media forum.
The reason for this is that defendants’ attorneys can subpoena your social media posts and may find ways to use your comments about your injuries and the accident against you.
For instance, if you have said something about possibly being at fault in the accident or about your injuries “not being that bad,” defendant’s attorneys can use these comments in court to reduce the value of your case or even to try to get your case dismissed.
- Posting comments that defame the defendant(s) in the case – In the aftermath of a personal injury, it’s not uncommon for injured people to develop bitterness and resentment towards the defendant(s) in their case – particularly if the accident or injuries has left people with irreversible impairments.
Regardless of how angry, frustrated or upset injured people may be, however, it is best that they do not channel these feelings in their social media posts as disparaging comments against the defendant. While these types of comments can end up hurting the personal injury case at hand, they could even lead to defamation suits being filed against the injured people in the most serious cases (particularly when the defendant may be a prominent corporation or public figure).
We will resume this discussion in the upcoming conclusion to this blog series – be sure to look for it!
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