Social Media and the Personal Injury Case
Social media is ubiquitous in today’s world. It seems that everyone – from children to grandparents – is sharing their daily experiences online for everyone to see. When you are a plaintiff in a New York personal injury or medical malpractice case, however, you have to be careful, as, through your social media accounts, you can give defense attorneys – who are certainly on the lookout for reasons not to compensate you for your injuries – ammunition against you that can have a serious and adverse impact on your personal injury case.
Social media accounts are, generally, subject to disclosure in your personal injury lawsuit. As a result, it is advisable that, during the pendency of your case, you stop posting photographs and other details of your life on social media; it may sound silly, but defendants will try to use evidence that you are enjoying any aspect of your life against you in court, and they may be successful. It is not fair, but it is true: when you are a plaintiff in a personal injury case, you must make sure that you don’t hand the defendants evidence that may hurt your case in the form of photographs or posts that indicate that you are enjoying your life.
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