Nowdays it is commonplace for people to jump on Facebook or Twitter and spew out personal life details to friends and others. It is certainly an era of lightening quick communication which can be an incredible and efficient tool for updating your contacts with important (and unimportant!) details of your daily life. Most of us know that it is not a good idea to notify all of Facebook that you are away on vacation. That is seen as an open invitation to burglars.
Well, think twice before posting any details or comments about an accident you have been involved in. The insurance companies are reveling in all the information they can get from Facebook and other social media regarding accident victims. Information you have posted can be taken out of context and used in open court! My advice is to not discuss your accident AT ALL on social media. If you are the parent of a teen who was in an accident, you may have met with your child’s lawyer without your child present. Therefore, you need to remind your child to NOT discuss details of the accident or injuries online. Check your privacy settings and those of your children to make sure that only friends can see ANYTHING you or your family members have posted. If information online is not disclosed to your lawyer, your lawyer cannot prepare properly to get the best possible result in your case.
If you absolutely must share information about your accident or injury with close friends or family, do it by telephone and limit your comments. Assume that anything posted online and not privacy protected is fair game to the insurance adjuster and could cause you to lose your case.