Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 6:44 am    

Social media connects us to the rest of the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is never a time when we cannot connect with friends, family, co-workers, and complete strangers through various social networks. We post our entire lives on the internet for other to see. Some of us use social media to keep in touch with relatives and friends that are both near and far away. Others use social media to improve their career through networking.

Social media touches our lives personally and professionally. Social media is engrained into our everyday life to the point that we rarely think twice before posting updates about everything from what our children did today to what our boss said that made us angry and how a driver rear-ended us on the way home from work. Unfortunately, posting information about your personal injury claim can harm your case.

The Internet is NOT Private

Social media is not private regardless of your security settings. Even if you have your security settings at the highest level, information you post has a way of making it in the “public” domain. What you put on the internet is there forever in some form and defense attorneys can find it. Defense attorneys for insurance companies hire internet and social media experts who can unearth information you thought was locked away on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media profile page. An update you post on Facebook or a tweet that you thought was sent only to your closest friends has a way of appearing in your personal injury case.

As part of the defense’s strategy to pay as little as possible for your personal injury claim, the defense attorney will investigate your social media and internet presence to gather information the attorney can use to challenge your claim that you are injured. This information can be used as evidence by the defense. In some cases, the defense attorney can obtain this information through a subpoena. Your “private” online presence suddenly becomes a matter of public record. Even the most innocent statement could be twisted and purposefully misinterpreted by the defense.

For example, pictures of you at your niece’s birthday party when you are claiming you are unable to work can be used to argue to a jury that if you are well enough to attend social functions you are well enough to work. Defense attorneys love to find inconsistencies between what you are claiming and how you are acting to cast doubt for the jury.

Avoid Using Social Media During Your Personal Injury Case

The best way to ensure that you cannot be hurt by your online presence is to avoid using social media until after your personal injury claim is settled. If you do continue to use social media, do not discuss the accident, your injuries, or your health. Avoid all comments that relate to your recovery. Avoid accepting new friend requests unless you know the person in real life — defense teams have been known to create fake profiles to gather more information.

Contact an Experienced Sacramento Vehicle Accident Attorney for More Information About Do’s and Don’ts in Personal Injury Cases

Our attorneys want to help you receive the maximum compensation allowable by law for your personal injury claim. Contact Tiemann Law Firm to schedule a free legal consultation. Our attorneys will discuss the merits of your case in addition to the do’s and don’ts of a personal injury claim.

Call us today at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website. Don’t let big insurance companies take advantage of you. Let our attorneys protect your legal right to a fair and just settlement.

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Herb T. Testimonial

The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial

I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

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Jereme S. Testimonial

No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial

From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!