These days social media is a part of everyday life. Most of us don’t think twice about posting a status update on Facebook, uploading a vacation pic to Instagram, forwarding a post on LinkedIn or retweeting something on Twitter – but if you’re making a slip and fall claim you should be thinking twice before doing any of these things.
In fact, if you’ve suffered a slip and fall you’re probably better off not using social media at all. Here’s why:
Social media can hurt your slip & fall case
Imagine that you suffer a slip and fall. You rightfully pursue your claim for damages, suffering, as well as loss of enjoyment of life. Weeks or months after your injury it’s your grandmother’s 90th birthday. You make an extra effort to go out, despite the pain, and then smile for a photo.
You may have been in pain the entire time, you may have not even wanted to go (but hey, grandma only turns 90 once), and you may have only smiled for a split second – but a picture says a thousand words (although not necessarily the truth).
Don’t be surprised to see that photo in the courtroom being used as evidence against your claims of pain and suffering.
Imagine the same scenario but this time you wisely stay out of the photo. Unfortunately, you make a different mistake, you post on Twitter afterwards. “Had a great time at grandmas 90th – Happy Birthday Grandma!”.
Well, that tweet could be used as evidence that you’re actually having a “great time” and not suffering from illness at all.
These are just two simple examples, but there are thousands of other scenarios, all with the same outcome.
Set your accounts to private
The information that you post after filing a slip and fall claim can be potentially damaging, but you might be surprised to learn that anything that you’ve posted before filing your claim could prove costly as well. Have you ever complained about an injury online? Well, if you have then the insurance company could use that information to claim that the injury you allegedly suffered due to a slip and fall was from a pre-existing condition. Even a seemingly harmless post like “My back is killing me, can’t wait for this 12-hour shift to end!” could cause serious trouble.
As soon as you think you might have a slip and fall claim do yourself a favour: log into ALL of your social media accounts and set your privacy levels as high as possible. Better yet, delete anything that you think could reflect poorly on your claim. Or best of all delete your accounts altogether (don’t worry, usually you can simply open them back up with all your previous information saved).
The Internet doesn’t forget – or forgive
You may have forgotten that Myspace post from when you were 15, but the Internet hasn’t. Do yourself a favour, Google your own name (and then prepare to cringe). You’ll be shocked by what comes up. You’ll very likely see your own face, long since forgotten posts, and other information you thought was private.
It’s not all about Facebook
Facebook is usually the first place that investigators look, but it’s not the last. Anything you’ve posted to sites like Tumblr, Reddit, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, Medium, or even job sites like Monster or Indeed could come back to haunt you. Insurance companies pay investigators a lot of money to discredit claimants – and they are good at their job.
Talk to your friends about posting on social media
These days even if you aren’t using social media you’re still present on social media. You might not be the one posting photos but your friends still may be. Any group event, party or vacation comes with dozens of photos by friends, family and acquaintances – and most don’t ask your permission before posting a photo online. Be very clear to your friends and family that you do not want any photos of you online.
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