Social media has become a part of everyday life for most Americans. In fact, according to estimates from the Pew Research Center, about 70% of adults in the United States use some type of social media. While there is nothing inherently wrong with posting to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or another platform, you do not want your online presence to damage your personal injury case.
Recovering from a serious injury after a car crash can be incredibly difficult. If you cannot work or engage in social activities, your recovery may also be boring. Still, you may want to think twice about using social media as a creative outlet. That is, your online posts may make you appear healthier than you are. Here are some strategies for insulating your personal injury case from your social media posts:
Social media can be addictive. Even though you may use your posts to keep track of friends and family members, you may want to go silent until your personal injury case concludes. Remember, if you post nothing, no one can use your online musings against you.
Talk to your friends in person
During your recovery, you may need to rely on friends and others for assistance. You do not, however, have to reach out through social media platforms. Instead, try talking to your friends in person or over the phone. When you do, ask them to refrain from posting anything on their social media accounts about your injury.
Check your privacy settings
Most social media platforms allow you to regulate who sees your posts. Until your personal injury case becomes part of history, you may want to make all your posts private. Note, though, that even private posts have a way of becoming part of the public record. As such, even if you turn on privacy protections, you may not be able to keep everything you post private.
Creating social media posts may seem harmless. Because what you broadcast online may damage your personal injury case, though, you must be careful about using social media. With a bit of effort, you can likely recover from your injury without harming your ability to pursue compensation from whoever caused it.