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Why Social Media Updates Can Harm Your Personal Injury Settlement

Social media has become a staple of modern-day life, and individuals all over the world use it to post pictures, stay in touch with friends, and share their thoughts and opinions. While social media can be a great tool to help people stay connected over long distances, posting on social media could have a devastating impact on your personal injury claim. What you post may be used against you to deny or devalue your claim.

After being injured in an accident, it is essential to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to advise you on your next steps. At Feller & Wendt, LLC, our attorneys are committed to being fierce advocates for our client’s rights. Our experienced legal team can help guide you through the complex claims process to protect your rights and the total value of your claim.

How Posting on Social Media Can Damage Your Claim

While many accident victims assume that their insurance company has their best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Often, insurance adjusters will actively look for reasons to deny or devalue your claim. Your social media accounts can offer a wealth of information about your life and how your injury is impacting it. Although your injury may not impact every aspect of your daily life, photos of any physical activity or even smiling with friends or family may call the severity of your injury into question.

Photos are not the only pieces of evidence that may be obtained through your social media. Anything you post regarding the accident may be seen as an admission of fault. Your insurance company may even try to use your posts from before the accident to assert that another incident caused your injuries.

Tips for Protecting Yourself on Social Media Following an Accident

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself on social media after an accident is to avoid posting altogether until your claim is resolved so that nothing you post can be used against you. However, this precaution will not completely stop others from attempting to use your social media accounts against you. The following are a few more ways you can secure your account after an accident.

  • Do not accept a friend or follow requests from people you do not know personally
  • Ask your family and friends to avoid posting about the accident
  • Request that your family and friends avoid posting and tagging photos of you until your claim is resolved
  • Set all of your social media accounts to private or friends only

Taking these precautions can significantly reduce the likelihood that your social media will be used against you in your personal injury claim. Your attorney can help advise you on other social media do’s and don’ts as they guide you through the claims process.

Partner with a Seasoned Personal Injury Attorney at Feller & Wendt, LLC

After a personal injury accident, it can be tempting to post on social media to vent your frustrations. However, doing so can have a significant negative impact on the success of your claim. If you have been injured in an accident, the skilled attorneys at Feller & Wendt, LLC can help you navigate the aftermath of your accident with their compassion and skills. Our attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience helping accident victims like you recover the maximum compensation available for their injuries and other losses. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our trusted legal team, call us today at (801) 499-5060 or complete our online contact form today.