Hi there, and welcome to Hart Legal Talks, my name is Krystle Gill and today I’m going to talk to you about your personal injury claim and your Facebook account. Most people today have Facebook accounts, or LinkedIn profiles, or are involved in some other way with social media. I’m here today to tell you that if you have a personal injury claim, your Facebook accounts are not private, no matter what your security settings.
So if you have a Facebook account, anything you post on there, including your status updates, information about your personal life, or photos – that’s all disclosable with relation to your personal injury claim. So what can you do? The first option would be to deactivate your account, but given today’s reality, that’s not always a feasible option. Other options would include being very selective about what you post, and being very honest about what your claims are. So if you were to say that your injuries are so bad, so severe, that you have difficulty sitting up, then there’s a picture of you water-skiing, then that would affect your credibility. But for other claims, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or depression, things along those lines, if there are photos of you doing activities, then those wouldn’t necessarily affect your credibility.
So those are my two pieces of advice; be selective, and be honest.
So that’s it for today, thank you for listening, my name is Krystle Gill with Hart Legal.