Do you post on social media sites? Learn how your social media posts can hurt your claim for compensation for your injuries in a slip and fall accident.

Reasons to Stay Off Social Media During Your Slip and Fall Case

If you are like most people, you use at least one social media site—such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—to keep in touch with family and friends. During normal times, there is nothing wrong with doing this. However, if you must file a claim for compensation following a slip and fall accident, you can weaken your claim and make it more difficult for your attorney to settle your case for what you are entitled to by posting on your social media sites.

Ways That Social Media Posts Can Damage Your Claim Following a Slip and Fall Accident

It is critical to understand how social media posts can hurt your claim so that you either stay off social media altogether or use extreme caution when posting. You need to realize that the insurance company for the negligent property or business owner that caused your fall will search your social media sites during the course of their investigation for information that they can use to deny or reduce your claim. They may even send you a friend request to make it easier for them to view your social media sites.

You do not want to give the insurance company ammunition to raise disputes about the cause of your accident or the seriousness of your injuries. Here is how your social media posts could do just that:

  • Pictures. Pictures of you doing activities that you claim you cannot do due to your injuries can be extremely harmful to your claim. Even innocent pictures of you at a bowling alley, swimming pool, or another location can be misconstrued as showing you doing something that you physically cannot do—and are not doing.
  • Location information. Like pictures, posting your location information can lead to disputes about what activities you can and cannot do. Some social media sites may share your location information even if you do not mention it in your post, so you need to be extremely careful where and what you post.
  • Statements. Any statements you make on social media sites, such as about how your accident occurred, your injuries, and your recovery, can be discovered by the insurance company and their attorney. You may not even realize that what you are saying is potentially damaging. However, these statements can be used against you in settlement negotiations and in court.
  • Tags in friends and family posts. It is not only your own posts and pictures that can weaken your claim, but also those of family and friends. If they tag you in a picture or post about you, this information can also be found by the insurance company—and used to support their position about your claim.

What happens if you have already been posting on social media sites? An experienced personal injury attorney can help you minimize the damage and give you tips to avoid hurting your claim with social media posts in the future.

If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident in the Seattle area, our skilled attorneys are here to guide you through the process of filing your claim and negotiate your settlement so that your rights are protected. Call our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.