Beware of Social Media During a Lawsuit
In the era of social media, it is difficult not to talk about important moments in your life. If you are currently in the middle of a personal injury claim, you may want to stay away from social media when it comes to talking about the case. Sometimes people don’t think twice about what they post. This isn’t a good habit if you’re in the middle of any type of litigation. Here are the reasons why some people decide that they should still post on social media.
Social Media Is Not Evidence
You may have heard people say that you cannot use social media as evidence. This is not true. It is not true in criminal law and it is even less true in civil law. When it comes to torts and personal injury lawsuits, there is a different burden of proof. Social media can be used against you. If you post something that looks like an admittance of guilt or if you look like you are simply filing a lawsuit based on vengeance rather than fact, then the other side will use that against you. It is better not to post so that you do not give the other side any ammunition.
Social Media Is Private
Too many people believe that social media is completely private. Unless your account is completely private, then people can see view it. Not to mention, you may have mutual friends with the person that you are filing the lawsuit against. It is possible for word to spread when it comes to what you say on social media. This is especially true when it comes to lawsuits. You do not want to say anything that might hurt your credibility. Even if you do not post about the lawsuit, you still want to be careful about what you do post. You do not want to appear dishonest by any means.
It is second nature to post on social media. You may be frustrated by your injury or the settlement negotiations, but you do not want to rant about it on social media. Remember that anything that you say on the internet may be permanent. Lawyers, insurers and the other party may see what you said and could use it against you. Even if you believe that he or she couldn’t use it against you, it is better to stay on the side of caution. To find guidance during your suit, contact a personal injury attorney, like from Law RKHAWM for a consultation as soon as possible.