If you were hurt by a drunk, high, or otherwise reckless motorist, you may be inclined to turn to your friends and followers on social media for support. Should you intend to file a personal injury claim, though, it’s wise to stay offline until your case has been resolved.
This is because the insurance adjuster will likely monitor your online presence in an attempt to find cause to challenge your credibility. And since they could misinterpret—or misrepresent—what you post, it’s best to keep a low profile.
If disabling your accounts temporarily is not an option, you can reduce the risk of jeopardizing your claim inadvertently by following these simple tips:
1. Update Your Privacy Settings
Adjust your privacy settings so only approved connections can view your posts. While there’s no foolproof way to contain something once you publish it online, stricter privacy settings will provide an added hurdle for the insurance adjuster. Recognize that any post can be potentially be obtained by the other side in court proceedings.
2. Filter New Requests
After modifying your privacy settings, you’ll have to approve all new connections. Since someone from the insurance company may try to gain access to your posts by submitting a request, you should not accept any new friends or followers whom you don’t actually recognize.
3. Scrutinize Every Post
Consider every image, video, and status carefully before posting it. Even a seemingly innocuous post, like a photo of a dinner out with friends, or a fun outing could lead the insurance adjuster to challenge the severity of your injuries or their associated damages.
Generally speaking, it’s advisable to avoid posting anything at all about:
- The accident in which you were hurt;
- The progress of your recovery;
- The pending claim;
- Your social life; or
- Your expenditures.
Well-intentioned friends and loved ones may reach out to check on you. If they do, you don’t have to ignore them. Just make sure to catch them up in person or over the phone instead of on social media.
4. Avoid “Checking In”
“Checking in” to public places will allow the insurance adjuster to track your activities even if you don’t post about them. As such, it’s best to avoid doing so. In that same vein, ask your friends and loved ones to avoid tagging you in their own posts.
In Addition to Staying off Social Media, How Else Can I Strengthen My Car Accident Claim?
You can give your claim the best chance of success by:
- Seeking prompt medical care;
- Following your doctor’s orders;
- Tracking all damages diligently;
- Refusing to give a recorded statement until speaking with an attorney; and
- Referring all correspondence with the insurance adjuster to your legal team.
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At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we understand the devastating impact that unanticipated injuries can have on the whole family. If you were seriously hurt in a motor-vehicle collision through no fault of your own, we’ll help you pursue the maximum payout possible from all responsible parties. Call 864-585-3873 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a car accident lawyer.