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Be Aware of What You Share

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social media, personal injury claim, Will County injury attorneysToday's world is more connected than ever before. With a few clicks of a mouse, or a few taps on a smartphone, you can communicate across the globe. More and more people every day utilize Internet technology to reach out to family members, update friends about life events, and as a platform for broadcasting personal opinions and cultural commentary. Social media sites are particular suited for such uses, with Facebook alone attracting more than 150 million unique visitors each month in the United States. However, if you are in the midst of a lawsuit following a slip and fall accident, or any other type of personal injury, what you say or post on social media can and will be used against you.

Posting is Permanent

Consider all of the actors, athletes, politicians, and other public figures who have found themselves in trouble over controversial posts or tweets. Most such stories include some variation of the phrase, “the post has since been deleted,” but not before the damage was done. It is important to approach your own social media accounts with similar caution. Assume that anything you share, like, post, or send on social networking site will be saved by somebody, somewhere. There is always the possibility that, even if you delete your post or photo, someone took a screenshot, especially when personal injury liability is at stake.

Perception is Everything

One of the biggest criticisms of the social media age is that Facebook and Instagram users tend to present an idealized version of their lives to followers and friends. By carefully selecting only the most flattering pictures, and sharing only the most positive posts, you can create a persona that quickly becomes an alternate version of reality.

This can particularly dangerous, however, to your pending lawsuit, if what you are sharing on social media is incongruent with the information included in your claim. For example, you may want to show your friends that you are feeling better after your accident so you post photos of a week-long camping trip, complete with hours spent on hiking trails and kayaking. Your lawsuit, on the other hand, claims that you suffered debilitating injuries from your fall, and that full recovery was likely to take months or years. Your claim also includes a request for damages related to pain and suffering. While you certainly have the right to share your enjoyable experiences, and a fast healing process is a good thing, your social media posts may be presented as evidence that your claim is at least somewhat inflated.

Talk to a Lawyer

Before you begin the process of filing an injury claim, it is important to speak with an experienced Will County personal injury attorney. At the Law Offices of Tedone & Morton, P.C., we can help you develop a strategy for handling your case that fully protects your rights and your best interests. We can also discuss options for using social media so that your ability to collect the compensation you deserve is not compromised in any way. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation and put our knowledge and skill to work for you.


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