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How Social Media Can Affect Your Construction Accident Case

By Matthew Golitko on May 11, 2016

Discussing matters in a conferene roomAs a culture we're becoming more concerned about our privacy in the digital realm. Phones can be hacked, people can access personal information about us and our loved ones, online harassment can occur, and sometimes a person can be doxxed. All of these matters can affect or arise from a construction accident lawsuit in progress.

The team at Golitko & Daly in Indianapolis understand this, which is why we always provide clients with expert info regarding their safety on the web and how to act in their own best interests when it comes to a case. That's especially important with regard to social media, since people can inadvertently undermine their lawsuit.

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: Post with Caution

When it comes to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other major social media platforms, it's of the utmost importance that you post with caution.

Say you suffered a serious back injury at a construction site, but you post a photo of you outdoors being active (e.g., giving your child a piggyback ride at the park). The mere posting of that picture may call your injury into question. There might be a context to that photo, or maybe it was an old picture before the injury, but simply posting something on social media can lead to increased an unnecessary scrutiny about the legitimacy of your legal claim.

A good rule of thumb: if you hesitate to post something or think twice before even posting it, it's good to err on the side of caution and simply just not post.

Avoid Oversharing on Social Media

In addition to not posting pictures or videos too often, avoid oversharing in general. This means long posts about your personal struggles as well as checking in at various locations. Keep your social media profile low-profile to help ensure the success of your injury case.

Ask Friends and Family to Not Post About You

Your friends and family may mean well when they post on your wall or tag you in a post, but they may also accidentally affect your case with the information they disclose. Reach out toy your loved ones and ask them to avoid posting anything about you, or to at least ask your permission first before doing so.

Check Your Privacy Settings

Other parties can use your social media presence against you. For instance, they may look up employers and associates on LinkedIn, attempting to contact them for more information. Loved ones may also be accessed via Facebook in some cases for personal information about your injury and other factors.

To help prevent this info falling into the hands of others, make sure that your privacy settings are updated on social media. This will ensure that only friends and loved ones are able to see your pages rather than anyone online with ulterior motives.

A Social Media Break Can Help Immensely

When it comes down to it, your injury case may be a good reason to take a break from social media. This means posting less frequently or not posting at all. You might be surprised what a relief this is, allowing you to focus on your case as well as other aspects of your life that are ultimately more important.

Contact the Team at Golitko & Daly

To learn more about injury accidents and how to help ensure a successful resolution to your case, be sure to contact our construction accident attorneys today. The team at Golitko & Daly will work with you and provide expert counsel during all phases of your case.

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