There’s no doubt about it: we’re living in an age of technology. What’s the most prevalent application of all this current technology? Social media. We’ve all got them: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter; chances are, if you own a computer or smartphone, you’ve got at least one social media account.
Even businesses have hopped on the social media wagon. In addition to my personal page, I’ve got a business page for my firm. It’s a necessity nowadays if you want to keep up with the rapid-fire nature of information that we’ve become accustomed to.
T.M.I (Too Much Information)?
The constant stream of self-documentation might be doing more harm than good. A recent Forbes article ponders the effect that social media accounts may be having on personal injury claims. It posits that YOU may be a defense attorney’s biggest weapon. Increasingly, attorneys are using social media accounts as viable pieces of evidence in a case.
What this means for your personal injury claim
If you’ve ever filed a personal injury claim or know someone who has, then you know that a personal injury claim stems from the negative impact that an injury takes on the plaintiff’s everyday life. If a defense attorney can prove through a review of your social media accounts that an injury has not, in fact, severely affected your quality of life, that could seriously jeopardize your claim.
Of course, if you’re filing a legitimate personal injury claim, then you should not have to worry about the contents of your social media profile being used against you.
There’s an important lesson here, as this is something that can affect more than just a personal injury claim. Our social media profiles are public access. Despite the privacy features most social media platforms offer, your name and likeness is available to the public.
Our photos, comments, and tweets are all subject to review in any litigation. They may be used to build a narrative against you for past statements or as a means of self-incrimination from photos.
The big takeaway is to be aware of what you share publicly online. Social media is a great tool, but like any tool, in the wrong hands it could be a weapon.