Avoid Social Media After an Accident—Here’s Why.

by nph | January 23rd, 2019

Studies show that around 77 percent of Americans have at least one social media profile. Many people who use social media post personal details about their lives, but doing so after an accident can cost you.

Insurance companies are always looking for ways to reduce or deny victims’ claims after they suffer injuries. One way they do that is by claiming that victims’ injuries aren’t serious or by using their own statements against them. Another way they do this is by looking at victims’ post-accident social media activity. Posts such as post-accident photos and status updates can give insurance companies plenty of evidence to use against victims when they file claims for compensation.

How Can Social Media Posts Jeopardize Claims?

At Nurenberg Paris, our Ohio auto accident lawyers know that insurance adjusters use every resource at their disposal to prevent victims from getting the full damages they deserve. Social media is just one of many tools in their arsenal, and it’s important to be aware of how adjusters use it when building their own claims against victims:

  • Using pictures to prove injuries aren’t serious—Insurance adjusters are known to drive by victims’ homes hoping to “catch” them outside or doing physical activities that their accident-related injuries should make impossible. Now they try to do the same by combing victims’ social media profiles for pictures showing them out and about.
  • Using status updates to cast doubt about injury origins or accident causes—Whether statuses  reference a pre-existing injury or conflict with other statements about the crash, insurance adjusters frequently use victims’ own social media posts against them. They may even take victims’ words out of context to twist them into an admission of fault.

Serving Injury Victims in Ohio

The insurance company begins building a case against you the moment they learn about your crash. At Nurenberg Paris, our legal team is here to protect you from the insurance company’s schemes and tricks, and we want to help you avoid mistakes that can potentially harm your claim. Call us today for a free consultation.