The United States is the third largest country in the world in regards to land area and population with about 315 million people. Now take a moment and compare active users on Facebook. There are more than 1 billion active users on Facebook, which is over three times the amount of people in America!
Facebook was created to be social and interactive. After posting a status update on exercising early before work, would it really be surprising if a coworker were to ask how the work out was upon arrival to work? No. It is expected for your friends and followers to know from your online postings.
Now consider getting involved in a serious car accident that landed you in the hospital. Your loved ones are worried and after some recuperation, you post on Facebook or other online profile that you are fine and ready to get out of bed. Than after a few days you post innocent pictures of dinner out with the family to celebrate and so on. Although it may not seem like a big deal, you just gave the insurance company ammunition against your personal injury claim.
The insurance company will use your Facebook to disprove your personal injury claim by:
– Shifting accident fault.
– Raising character issues.
– Reducing injury seriousness.
But there is no way the insurance companies will see the posts since my online profiles are set to private.
Personal Injury Lawyer Mississauga, Although there are privacy options in place, there is no such thing as complete privacy from outside parties. What many users may not know is when their status and/or photo is tagged or liked, than the friends of their friends can now view the status and/or picture. Bottom line, private Facebook posts are never private.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that since the other party was visibly at fault, you will be given the best amount of compensation. Protect yourself from insurance companies that will do anything it takes to give the smallest amount possible by temporarily freezing or cancelling your Facebook account during your personal injury claim. If not, be sure to follow your attorney’s social media guidelines to defend your case credibility.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing personal injury attorney at Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury and social security disability law firm. From his years of dedication and experience, Ross Jurewitz has been featured in many top San Diego news stations for his trusted legal guidance. For a confidential and free consultation of your San Diego personal injury claim, call (888) 233-5020 or visit jurewitz.com.