Everyone is always talking about the way social media changes the world. Yes, twenty years ago you had to wait months between international letters and today you can send an email; yes, having cameras in a phone that fits in your pocket and goes everywhere with you makes it easier to capture crimes in progress or document your accidents, but there are also pitfalls out there for someone hoping to bring their personal injury case to a favorable conclusion. Every seemingly innocent update can and will be used against you in a court of law, so here’s what you should do if you’re trying to bring about a successful personal injury suit in the Internet age.
Be Careful with Pictures
The first thing that you should do is be careful with pictures. The defense is going to be looking for any defect that they can find in your arguments. If your Etobicoke personal injury lawyer hasn’t already made that clear, you’ll hear it here: pictures are your most powerful documentation. They really are worth a thousand words, and potentially thousands in compensation for your injuries.
That said, you don’t want to post pictures of your injuries too freely. A snapshot of your smiling face the day after you were in a terrible accident isn’t going to go over well; it’s going to make it look like you’re not being truthful when you say you’ve spent every day in pain since the incident. You also want to cut down on the images of you at the beach, a fancy restaurant, or traveling. Even if you can drag yourself out of the house and push through the pain, it’s going to look like your injuries aren’t as severe as they are if you’re “checking in” all over town.
Don’t Put on a Brave Face
It’s nice to be able to reassure everyone you know that you’re alive, and it’s natural to want to tell people that you’re doing alright, or things are getting better. You have to curb these impulses before they sink your case. If you have to, tell someone to text you or call you if they want to talk about how you’re doing. If it can be publicly accessed the defense can use it against you. After all, if you told your great-aunt and your former soccer coach that you were fine, clearly you’re faking it now, right?
Keep Your Story Consistent at All Times
Go over the details with your Etobicoke personal injury lawyers early and often so that you remember how things actually went. Our memories actually get fuzzier when we share them; if you tell the story too much (say, again and again on social media) you could fog up the details in your own mind.
Also, if you’re updating your Facebook friends every day with how you’re feeling second by second, it can look like you’re changing your story when you’re really just fully discovering the extent of your injuries and trying to heal.