Avoiding Social Media During a California Lawsuit

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Involved in a lawsuit in California? Be careful about what you say online.  If you were injured in a personal injury accident, for example, your activity on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr pages can have a negative impact on your ability to recover financial damages. While social media sites such Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube have changed the way we keep in touch with friends and family, they have also enabled people we do not know as well, and perhaps even the party you are suing, to see what we are up to.

It is important to know that in some circumstances, such as leading up to and/or during a trial, social media might not be a friendly place. It is certainly not the place to share all of your thoughts, feelings, experiences, etc…  A video or photograph of you dancing at a wedding or club might not look so good to the jury if you are suing another person or party for injuries you suffered because of their negligence.  A skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can explain the dangers of posting too much information on social media sites when involved in a California lawsuit. It’s unfortunate but true: in many recent instances, opposing counsel has misconstrued and/or twisted the seemingly innocent words or actions of a Los Angeles accident victim, making it look the the victim is lying and not deserving of financial compensation. You do not want this to happen to you.

In California auto accident cases, for example, car insurance investigators have ways to get access to your social medial profiles. The easiest way is to send you or one of your friends a simple “friend” request.  This may seem like common sense, but if you do not know someone who requests your friendship, DO NOT ACCEPT it. Alternatively, if your profile is public, investigators can easily view what you have posted; including pictures or statements that might imply you are not as injured as you are claiming. An experienced Los Angeles traumatic injury lawyer understands that pictures and words can be deceiving and that even though your Facebook profile might appear to show you as completely recovered, that might not be the case. Bradley I. Kramer, MD, Esq. will fight to help you recover the financial damages you deserve under California law.

If you just cannot restrain yourself from updating your Facebook status or tweeting, here are a few tips on how to use social media wisely during your Los Angeles auto accident or injury case:

  • Do not “share” about your case online — you may inadvertently repeat something that is to remain under attorney-client privilege.
  • Do not rant angrily about the turn you case may have taken.
  • Do not boast of frequent travel and purchases of new items (even if these were planned pre-accident).
  • Do not make threatening comments about the person who caused your accident.

For more information on how to make sure you obtain the financial recovery you deserve, contact Bradley I. Kramer, MD, Esq. A doctor-turned-lawyer, Mr. Kramer understands your physical injuries as well as the law. He will help you fight for what is rightfully yours.

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