Social Media Tips for Personal Injury Plaintiffs During a Lawsuit

Social Media Tips for Personal Injury Plaintiffs During a Lawsuit

Social Media Tips that may Save your Case

Social Media Tips that may save your case.  Use of social-media platforms like Facebook & Twitter are the norm in our society. Millions of people turn to them every day to share their personal lives, thoughts, feelings and photographs. Thus, it makes sense that some people involved in accidents use social media to share the details.

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Social Media Tips for Personal Injury Plaintiffs During a Lawsuit

This article addresses the negative impact that social media can have on your personal injury claim. Far too often, when personal injury and social-media platforms mix, the results can “kill” your case.

Your Facebook Posts Can Discredit Your Bodily Injury Claims 

Take for example, a New York personal-injury plaintiff who claims that as a result of his on-the-job back injury, he can’t sit for more than five minutes or walk more than a block. He testifies at a deposition given to the insurance company’s lawyer that he’ll never be able to resume his beloved hobby of running or ever take a cross-country flight again.

In preparation for trial, the insurance company attorney gains access to the plaintiff’s Facebook profile, which includes recent photographs of the plaintiff running a Turkey Trot 5k race and flying 5 1/2 hours from New York to Los Angeles. You bet the insurance company will then introduce that evidence to ruin your credibility with the judge and jury and to prove that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.

At that point, the plaintiff might as well kiss his case goodbye. Once the judge and/or jury believes that the plaintiff is a liar, he will almost certainly receive minimal compensation, at best, or none at all.

Develop a Social Media Strategy With Your Attorney 

During one of the first meetings with your lawyer, you must discuss your use of social media. The beginning of your case is the time to temporarily suspend your social-media accounts or make sure that your profiles are private, to stop accepting friend requests from people that you don’t actually know and to seriously limit what you post, if at all.

You should also ask friends and family to refrain from posting anything related to you or your case.

Googling yourself is another important precaution. The insurance company is going to do it, so make sure what they find isn’t going to hurt your claim. If you see search results that concern you, bring them to the attention of your attorney for evaluation.

Add & follow NYCInjuryCases‘ social media sites, including LinkedIn & Twitter, because we post recent announcements to these sites, and you can use them to instantly message us with questions about your case.

We Can Help Make Sure Social Media Doesn’t “Kill” Your Case

The above steps can help to limit the discovery of social-media evidence that could potentially hurt your case. We believe the only way to truly make sure that social media doesn’t affect your personal-injury case is to avoid it.

If you have any questions about your social media or internet presence, contact Blake today toll-free at 1-844-672-5253 or e-mail

We will gladly examine your social-media accounts and online information at a free initial consultation.

We do not charge a fee unless we recover money for you.