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If you were hurt in a large truck crash, you’ve probably been struggling physically, emotionally, and financially ever since. As such, you may be in dire need of support from your friends and followers online. Social media has become a pillar of modern life, after all, and it’s where virtually everyone turns when they could use a boost.
Before you post about the hurdles you’re facing on a public platform, however, it’s important to consider the potential ramifications of doing so. Should you end up filing a truck accident claim, there’s a chance the insurance adjuster will scour your content in the hopes of finding any reason to challenge your credibility.
Since almost anything can be taken out of context, personal injury attorneys encourage clients to stay off social media until their claims have been resolved. If that’s’ not possible, you can at least reduce the risk of jeopardizing your claim by doing the following:
If any of your profiles are public, navigate to the corresponding platform’s settings and make the content private. It’s impossible to contain something once you post it online, but this will at least make it harder for the insurance adjuster to monitor your every move.
Once stricter privacy settings are enabled, you’re going to have to approve all new connections manually. While you might be in the habit of accepting almost everyone for networking purposes, you should be a little more discerning as long as your claim is pending. If someone whom you don’t recognize reaches out, it’s best to deny or at least ignore the request since they may be working for the insurance carrier.
At the end of the day, even seemingly innocuous content could hurt your claim. If the insurance adjuster sees a photo of you at a dinner out with friends, for example, they could use it to argue that you’re exaggerating your injuries. In reality, the outing might have been incredibly challenging for you, but you can’t expect the opposing party to gauge as much from a single image.
For this reason, it’s imperative to scrutinize the content you want to post from all angles before actually publishing it. If there’s even a chance some aspect of the post in question could be misconstrued by the insurance adjuster, you should refrain from putting it out there.
Once the insurance adjuster realizes your profiles are private, they may take to monitoring the activity of your friends and loved ones. As such, it’s important to remind those closest to you of your pending claim. Ask that they avoid including you in any of their content, including photos, videos, statuses, and tags, until your claim has been resolved.
If you want to take action against a drunk, drowsy, or distracted trucker (or the motor carrier who employed them), turn to Hodge & Langley Law Firm. Our tenacious team will provide strategic legal guidance at every stage of the proceedings. Call 864-585-3873 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free initial consultation with a truck accident attorney in South Carolina.
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