Q: Why do I have to stay off Facebook or Twitter after a Maryland truck accident? I’m in pain, and I need a place to vent.
It’s tough to deal with pain alone. You naturally feel the need to tell your story to your closest friends and family. In this age of social media, Facebook and Twitter are two predominant ways to share your thoughts and feelings with those who care about you.
We understand the need to vent and the desire to post your true feelings on Facebook or tweet about how much this latest pain hurts. However, in the last few years, lawyers have started turning to social media to “check-up on” victims of accidents. Too often, they’ve found some little piece of evidence that allows them to begin doubting the victim’s story. That’s why we suggest that our clients stay off Facebook and twitter entirely while they are healing or in the process of pursuing a personal injury claim after a Maryland truck accident.
Granted, a generic reference to the pain you’re experiencing today is probably not going to do anything to lessen your settlement. However, you’d be surprised at how often seemingly meaningless comments can be used against you. For example, any of the following could hurt your chances at getting a fair compensation:
- Admitting that you overdid it at an event the other day.
- Broadcasting that you did not exactly follow doctor’s orders when you helped a friend move or picked up your child.
- Talking about how badly you’ve procrastinated with doing your daily physical therapy exercises.
If you insist on updating friends and family via social media, please be very careful about what you say and keep in mind that the defense can request these outlet venues against you in court.
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