Social media has no doubt become an important part of people’s lives today. People use it to talk about what’s going on in their lives, how they’re feeling, and even express details of their personal experiences. That’s why it’s no surprise that social media posts are frequently used as evidence during official legal proceedings, including those related to personal injuries, disabilities, and workplace accidents. It’s up to you though to make sure the evidence works for you, and not against you.
How Social Media Can Work In Your Favor
Proving another person person’s negligence isn’t always easy. The person being accused is obviously doing everything they can to maintain their innocence, and in many cases will have aggressive attorneys in their corner coaching them on how to avoid making any mistakes. When it comes to social media though, there are no secrets, and once something is on the Internet it’s there for life, which can really work in your favor if your assailant has a very active social media presence. If, for example, your case involves a motor vehicle accident, but they posted pictures from a bar only a few hours prior, or have posts with timestamps at the precise moment of the crash, it’s going to be much easier for you to prove you’re in the right.
Never Let Social Media Work Against You
While there are certainly ways social media can work in your favor, it can just as easily be used against you. Too many happy photos of you thriving and living an active life after an accident, even if they truly are innocent, won’t look very good if you’re trying to claim that your life has been severely negatively impacted by your accident. It may not be fair, but it is true. That’s why, in most cases involving personal injury, it’s better to simply refrain from using social media in any way that may even remotely be construed in a negative light. You don’t want to take any chances that someone is going to have any support to their argument that you have no need for the restitution you’re entitled to. It’s just not worth it.
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