Social Media and your Personal Injury Claim – Should you post that?

Social Media and your Personal Injury Claim – Should you post that?

Social media platforms have become the main outlet for people to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Your social media follower has access to your private life regardless of whether or not they may personally know you.

As a personal injury victim filing a claim for compensation, this gives defence lawyers and adjusters an advantage against you. While you may be eager to share that picture of you laughing with friends at a party, the same pictures sends insurance companies the message that your allegation of pain, depression, and social withdrawal is without merit.

Going for a run with a friend to relieve symptoms of your depression may be a good idea, but posting it on social media may provide defence counsel with evidence to disprove your claim of physical disability.

Social media has a tendency to distort reality. Although your posts may not actually be reflective of your physical and mental state of mind, defence lawyers will most definitely claim that they do.

With respect to admissibility of social media evidence in courts, Ontario courts will allow the admission of social media evidence as long as the defence lawyer can show that it is relevant to proving a material fact in the case.

The lawyers at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LL.P can assist you in protecting your personal injury claim. Please contact our offices for a free consultation.

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