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February 6th, 2015 :
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Don't Post About It: Social Media & Your Case

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Don't Post About It: Social Media & Your Case

There is no doubt that social media has permeated our lives. It’s where we connect with friends and family, how we let people know what’s going on with our lives, share our opinions, and it’s where we get our news and gossip from.  We know that friends can see our posts and if you haven’t mastered those confusing privacy settings, then the whole world can know what you’re up to.

If you’ve had a tragic event happen in your life, lets say a car wreck or a serious injury, you may feel as though you should share with all your friends and followers to let them know what happened and how you are doing. We agree this is more efficient and much easier than calling up all your friends and letting them know. But an issue arises when you plan on taking your case to court. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in the court of law. Attorneys and their assistants find ways to access your social media accounts and will take screen shots of what you’ve been up to and use them against you.

We understand the complexity of social media. Most of us want to put the most positive and best version of ourselves on our social media accounts. However, these kind of posts can be misconstrued to be used against you if you are trying to seek damages such as lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.

 

Here are some tips if you are planning on seeking legal councel.

-If you can stand it, don’t use social media. This is the safest option, but not the easiest.

-If you can’t resist, post as little about your personal life. Don’t post any pictures, videos, status updates about your incident, or any information that you have discussed with your lawyer.

-Check your privacy settings. Make sure your posts are only viewable to your friends, not the public. You can also change who is allowed to contact you. Also, it’s a good idea to check out the “View As” function on privacy settings. This lets you see what your page looks like to the public or a particular person.

-Don’t add/talk to anyone you don’t know in real life. People may be trying to become your friend to access your personal information. These people could be an insurance adjuster or a defense investigator that may be scoping your profile out for information to use against you.

Overall, you should try and be as discreet as possible until your case has been handled. This is really in your best interest. If you or a loved one has been injured, consider choosing Chad Jones Law. With over 17 years of experience, we are more than willing and able to help you with your case. Contact Chad Jones Law to find out what we can do to help you at 800-645-6637 for a free consultation.


Written By: Laura Longnecker

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