Social media is an unavoidable part of our everyday lives. It seems as if we cannot get away from it. Not surprisingly, social media posts are often brought up in the courtroom when a case is being litigated and tried in front of a judge and/or jury. Social media is especially important for someone who is seeking monetary compensation for a personal injury. This is because social media posts can directly and negatively impact the outcome of the case. If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury in a Nevada accident, below are a few guidelines that should be followed for posting on social media sites after you have been hurt.
What to do Regarding Social Media Post-Injury
After your accident and injury, you may or may not be thinking about your social media pages. Nonetheless, there are actions that you should affirmatively take to help protect your Las Vegas personal injury case.
Remove any posts prior to your accident that discuss your health issues - namely, problems - before you suffered the personal injury;
Adjust the privacy settings on all of your social media accounts to the maximum option setting;
Ask your friends privately—not in writing—to not post anything about you or even to tag you in any posts they put up on social media sites;
Delete any social media posts before your injury that may give the perception that you are irresponsible, untrustworthy, or overly dramatic.
What Not to do Regarding Social Media Post-Injury
While there may be things you should do on social media after you have suffered a Nevada personal injury, there are definitely things you should not be doing on your social media accounts during this time. Insurance companies conduct thorough investigations on claims, including social media and internet searches, to try to reduce or even avoid payment for injuries. Most attorneys will suggest that you do not do any of the following if you have a personal injury case in Nevada:
Upload any pictures or comments showing yourself doing things that should be difficult—or impossible—with the personal injury you suffered;
Post any details or photos regarding your accident, the injuries you suffered as a result, or any recovery;
Make any comments about how you are hoping to obtain a large award in a personal injury lawsuit;
Use any social media account to contact the opposing party about your personal injury case; and
Spend a large amount of time interacting cheerfully with others on social media - especially if you plan to seek mental health or pain and suffering damages.
Legal Help in Nevada
While the above are basic suggestions regarding your social media activity, you should contact a skilled Nevada personal injury attorney for legal advice on the best things to do that will protect your particular case. Understand that your behavior on social media immediately after an accident and during your personal injury case can greatly affect the outcome of your case. Contact the experienced Nevada personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau today to obtain the legal advice you need to help you move forward.
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