Many people today eagerly share many aspects of their personal lives over social media. However, posting too much information can be a problem if you are the victim of a car accident on a Texas road and are in the midst of a legal case. The reason is because disclosing the wrong information online could be perilous to winning the proper compensation for your injuries.
When you are trying to prove the extent of your injuries to an insurance company or to a court, you would utilize medical records and credible expert witnesses to demonstrate how the auto collision has affected your life. However, it only takes a photo of you engaged in a fun activity without a hint of discomfort for an insurance adjuster to claim that you have been exaggerating the extent of your pain. If your pictures are posted publicly, the insurer responsible for paying your medical bills can find them as easily as anybody else.
Many social media users cannot even rely on privacy settings to conceal their posts. According to the American Bar Association, courts claim that the very fact that you would post information on a social media site nullifies any claim that you expected your posts to be private, since social media by definition encourages sharing. Thus if another party wanted to use discovery to look at your social media posts, a privacy justification would not trump the usual process of determining discovery.
Sometimes you do not even need to post a video or photos to experience problems. Lifewire points out that people can invite trouble just by posting their location online. If insurance adjusters can track where you have been, they can see if you have been going to see your doctor, visit your attorney, attending rehab, or if you have instead gone to someplace more luxurious like the Bahamas. Even if you have not been luxuriating at a particular location, you can be sure that the other side will try to cast suspicions on your activities just by where you have gone.
Ultimately, it is a wise move to restrict your social media use as much as possible while your compensation case is being considered. If you feel it necessary, consult with your legal counsel on what information to keep out of the public sphere until you have settled your claim.