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Can insurance companies use my posts on social media against me in my personal injury lawsuit?


Yes. Clients should exercise caution regarding their social media activity when they are involved in a personal injury lawsuit or any litigation. If they are severely injured, and then post photos and / or comments about engaging in fun-filled activities on a site such as Facebook, the information can be used against them by the insurance company or the attorney representing the defense in a personal injury case. Although the plaintiff may have suffered a serious injury, an inappropriate choice of words on a social networking site could prove harmful to the plaintiff’s case.

Insurance companies will search for any amount of information that it can use to its advantage, and reduce the award to cover a serious claim. Clients should always be aware and careful about any online postings that could be potentially detrimental to their case. Once the postings have been published, and seen by opposing counsel, they cannot be taken away.

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