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Personal Injury Victims Should Consider their Social Media Use

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The immense and explosive popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have encouraged a culture in which people can share nearly every aspect of their lives on the Internet. Even a cursory glance at the average Facebook feed will likely involve pictures of meals, workouts, pets, children, and other aspects of daily life. Photos and statuses may be used as evidence

While many people likely post pictures and status updates without a second thought, individuals who have recently been involved in accidents should think twice before posting that picture of their casual walk in the park. In most personal injury [1] cases, liability is conceded by one of the parties, meaning that the only issue that remains to be negotiated is the amount of compensation one party (or his or her insurance) will pay to the other.

The amount of compensation paid generally depends on the severity of a victim’s injuries and is calculated by determining issues such as medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. While determining a person’s medical expenses and lost income is a fairly straightforward issue, noneconomic damages [2] often require a victim to establish how “much” pain and suffering they have experienced or in what ways an injury has limited their ability to enjoy life. For this reason, social media posts can very easily have an impact on the amount a victim is able to recover. The kinds of posts that may be detrimental to a person’s case include the following:

  • Photos of the victims exercising or engaging in other physical activities
  • Posts indicating improvement
  • Statuses discussing  daily activities
  • Information regarding diagnosis or treatment
  • Statuses discussing the settlement or award you expect to receive, and what you plan to do with the money

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[1] http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/resources/law_issues_for_consumers/injury.html

[2] https://centerjd.org/content/fact-sheet-understanding-non-economic-damages