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To Avoid Hurting Your Claim, Think Twice Before Posting About Your Premises Liability Accident on Social Media

social mediaMillions of people are on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram these days. However, if you were hurt in a slip and fall or other premises liability accident, you want to avoid the mistake of posting to social media. You need to be extremely careful about what you post to avoid having what you say online hurt your claim and the ability to obtain the compensation you deserve.

These Actions on Social Media Could Weaken Your Premises Liability Claim

If you file a claim for compensation with the business’ or property owner’s insurance company, chances are the insurance adjuster or attorney will search your social media profiles—maybe more than once before your claim is settled. What you may perceive as harmless pictures or posts could be twisted by an adjuster and used as ammunition to deny your claim or to pay you less than you are entitled to.

Here’s how certain social media posts could damage your claim:

  • Pictures: Avoid uploading pictures on social media while your claim is pending. They could show you doing activities that you claim you are too injured to do and compromise your case.
  • Location information: Often when you post to a social media site, your location is revealed. Your injuries may be disputed if someone shares information about an innocent night out with friends for dinner and physical activities, like bowling—even if you're not participating.
  • Comments: It may be tempting to keep family and friends updated through social media about your accident, your injuries, and how you're feeling. However, avoid doing this. An insurance adjuster or attorney could discover your posts and use the information against you.
  • Friend requests: While you're settling your premises liability claim, you want to be cautious about accepting unknown friend requests. The negligent owner’s insurance adjuster or his investigator could be trying to friend you in an effort to find out more potentially harmful information through social media.

 

Have you already posted something that could be harmful to your premises liability claim? Alan Morton has helped many accident victims who made this mistake—or more serious ones—receive compensation they're entitled to. Fill out our online form or call us to schedule your free case evaluation.