It’s only natural to seek support from your friends and followers on social media when recovering from serious injuries. If you intend to take action against those liable for the damages, though, it’s wise to stay offline. Insurance adjusters are always looking for reasons to challenge a claimant’s credibility, and monitoring social media often gives them exactly what they need to deny or at least devalue the cases they review.
If temporarily disabling your accounts is not an option, you can reduce the risk of jeopardizing your claim inadvertently by taking the following steps:
1. Update Your Privacy Settings
Adjust your privacy settings so only approved connections can see what you post. While this is not a foolproof way to keep your posts hidden—once you publish something online, after all, there is no surefire way to contain it—it will provide an added hurdle for the insurance adjuster who’s trying to monitor your online activity.
2. Filter All New Requests
As long as your case is pending, you should avoid approving connections from people whom you don’t recognize. Someone from the insurer’s office may send you a friend request in an attempt to view your posts more easily. If you were to accept, it would essentially defeat the purpose of updating your privacy settings to keep probing eyes away.
3. Scrutinize Every Post Before Hitting “Publish”
Since even seemingly innocuous posts could be used to challenge your claim, it’s advisable to avoid posting anything at all until your case has been resolved. If you must remain active on social media for personal or professional reasons, however, you can protect your case by reviewing everything carefully before hitting “Publish.” If there’s a chance something could be used against you, do not post it.
It’s also advisable to avoid posting anything about:
- The accident in which you were hurt;
- The injuries you sustained;
- Your pending claim;
- Your social life; or
- Your expenditures.
4. Avoid “Checking In”
You may be in the habit of “checking in” to public places, but doing so could end hurting your claim. Until your case has reached a settlement or verdict, you should not “check in” anywhere on social media.
5. Remind Acquaintances of Your Pending Claim
If the insurance adjuster cannot access your own profiles, he or she may try to monitor the posts of those closest to you, including friends, loved ones, and colleagues. As such, it’s important to ask those whom you see regularly to avoid mentioning you online. Remind them of your pending claim, and ask that they avoid tagging you in their posts or publishing any photos of your outings together.
Discuss Your Case with a Personal Injury Attorney in Jackson
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