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Protect yourself by using good judgment with social media

Many Americans suffer from personal injuries, whether from car accidents, a slip-and fall or something else. If you find yourself in this situation, insurance companies and other involved parties may provide you with the financial help you need to recover.

Often, however, seeking the help of an attorney or other professional is necessary to get money for medical care and other expenses. From the beginning, social media errors may hinder your case.

Painting a different story with your health

The effects of injuries can fluctuate. Some may lead to hours of pain a day, but there could be a window, say, one hour a day, when you can move reasonably well. Or your symptoms are all but gone for a day or two. So, suppose you post a video of yourself dancing or bicycling during a rare pain-free moment? What happens if the other side in a court case finds out about that video and claims that you are faking your injuries?

Even posting statuses such as, "I went to Kim's house today for a workout," and "Walking yesterday at Bryce's was FUN!" can be problematic if they paint you as lively and energetic. You should never lie, but it can be best to refrain altogether from making certain types of social media posts.

Showing that your perspective does not match the record

Suppose you were hit by another car, perhaps even rear-ended. You probably have gone over the facts of the accident several times already with insurance adjusters, your lawyer and other officials. However, posting yet another account on social media has its pitfalls. You may have chosen a word unwisely (such as having had a beer "recently" versus "three hours ago") or said something in error, and that can hurt your case.

Social media has the potential to impact your life for better or for worse. Limiting your posts to friends only does not always work, as people can send screenshots, or someone can friend you under false pretenses. Getting in touch with an attorney as early as possible after your accident is often helpful.

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