For the amount of complaining we do about privacy in America, we sure do willingly make a lot of our lives public on Facebook. When it comes to your car accident case, however, Facebook could be the kiss of death for your settlement.
First things first, you should never misrepresent your injuries during a personal injury case. You can’t get “caught” if you’re not lying in the first place, and that’s the way it should be. People who overdramatize or exaggerate their injuries for money don’t deserve it, and we choose not to work with those types of clients.
Be aware that your insurance company and their lawyers can see all of your public posts. You might think this is obvious, but you’d be shocked at how many cases in Virginia are torpedoed because someone is claiming a life-changing injury, but their Facebook shows that they went on a week-long hiking trip last month. These things matter in a case and can cost you dearly.
If you mislead insurance companies and their defense team into believing you can’t do certain things, and then you post videos or pictures proving you can do those things, your claim will very likely suffer. With that in mind, here’s our advice at BenGlassLaw:
Always be straightforward and truthful about your claim
Don’t put stupid content on Facebook
If you have stupid stuff on Facebook, don’t hide it, you will make matters worse
If you have been in a car accident in Virginia, you need to download Ben’s free book Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Injury Claim. As always, we are happy to have a chat with you and walk you through the process: 703-584-7277.