Beware: Your Smile on Facebook Can Be Used as Evidence Against You in a Personal Injury Claim
It is common for people to put their best foot forward and present themselves well to others, which is why most people on social media sites post happy pictures of themselves. All you have to do is scroll through your list of friends or followers on Facebook and Twitter to see proof of this. Because people generally want to appear like they are having a good time, most people shy away from posting pictures to their social media accounts where they look grumpy, tired, or ill.
Unfortunately, a simple smile in a picture you post on your Facebook page or other social media site can harm you following a car accident. Although you may be in pain and suffering from serious physical injuries as well as mental pain and emotional trauma, you may have turned your frown upside down for that one moment when a camera was in your face. While it is very common for people to smile when getting their picture taken, a simple smile can do a lot of damage to a personal injury claim.
Do You Appear Too Happy on Facebook?
If you are pursuing a car accident injury claim for your damages, you can bet the insurance adjusters for the other side are doing their homework. Insurance companies don’t want to have to pay you for damages such as mental and emotional injuries. So if they see you smiling in pictures on your social media sites after the date of your car wreck, they may argue that you haven’t suffered mental trauma, emotional distress, or loss of the enjoyment of life.
Because you never know what the other side will use against you in your claim, it is wise to avoid posting comments or pictures on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site after being involved in an auto accident. Since many people don’t understand the power of social media in a personal injury claim, we encourage you to share this important information with your friends and family by clicking one of your favorite social media buttons to the left of the screen.