A study released in early 2018 revealed that nearly 70 percent of American adults use social media. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram make it easy for users to stay in touch with family and friends while sharing updates about their lives.
But if you were recently involved in an accident, it’s important to be careful when you use social media. Insurance companies employ teams of adjusters whose primary job is to find ways to reduce or deny payments to victims like you. One of the ways they do that is by watching what people post on their social media accounts.
Avoid These Post-Accident Social Media Mistakes
Here’s what adjusters might look for if they view your profile after your accident:
- Conflicting statements about your accident or injury—When the insurance company is presented with your claim, it will have an official record of what happened and the injuries you suffered. If your posts on social media contain statements that conflict with that record, it could harm your case.
- Pictures that could indicate your injuries aren’t severe—Many accident victims deal with severe pain as they go about their lives—and that may be the case for you after your accident. But if you post or are tagged in pictures that show you up and moving after you suffered serious injuries, the insurance company may believe your injuries aren’t severe enough to deserve compensation.
Stay Off Social Media to Protect Your Claim
The best way to avoid accidentally jeopardizing your claim is to stay off social media or to use it sparingly after your accident. Don’t post any status updates concerning your accident, your injuries, or your medical treatments.
At Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, it’s our job to protect Nevada injury victims like you from the insurance company’s tactics. In addition to helping you avoid potential pitfalls, we’ll also do everything in our power to build the strongest possible claim for you and your loved ones. Contact us today for a free case review, and let us get to work for you.