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Can social media harm your personal injury case?

Social media sites have exploded in popularity over the last decade. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, more than 70% of American adults say they routinely use at least one social media platform. While the societal merits of using social media are certainly debatable, you do not want your online presence to make your personal life more difficult.

In the aftermath of a car accident, it can be tempting to share photographs, personal perspectives and other details online. Doing so, though, can harm your personal injury case in a number of ways.

Your physical injuries

If your motor vehicle accident caused you to suffer catastrophic injuries, you probably should receive financial compensation from the responsible driver or his or her insurer. Yet, certain posts on social media may make it appear as if your injury is not as serious or life-altering as you say it is.

Your mental health

Injured individuals often receive compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder, increased anxiety and other types of damage to their mental health. If your social media posts document only your happiness or carefree attitude, it may be difficult to argue you have suffered emotional harm.

Your ability to work

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for car accidents to leave individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities. If you cannot work because of your car accident, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation. Any posts that make you seem capable of working can undercut your legal claim, though.

Ultimately, to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, it may be advisable to stay off social media for at least a few months after your accident.

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