You’d be hard pressed to find someone under the age of 30 without
a social media presence online. Ever since the inception of social media,
people have become obsessed with making social connections and sharing
bits and pieces of their life with friends, family, and even total strangers.
While websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have brought the
world closer together, they have also created a backlash people haven’t
expected. The sharing trend has been so new that people have been unused
to repercussions. Phishing is one such consequence, but there are others,
such as using social media to acquire evidence against individuals.
For example, in divorce law, attorneys have begun using social media posts
as tools against the opposition. One spouse who posts a rant about the
other on Facebook could see that rant again in court in a child custody
case. Similarly, in personal injury law, insurance companies and their
legal representatives have been using social media to prove people aren’t
as injured as they claim.
There have already been multiple cases of a social media posts being used
against their creators in court. For example, in a case that began in
2003 with a
defective desk chair, Kathleen Romano sued the manufacturer for her severe back
injury and a loss of enjoyment of life. The manufacturer’s attorneys
used Romano’s social media properties, which showed her smiling
outside her home, to get the court’s permission to access her social
media pages. The case was still ongoing 12 years after the incident.
It doesn’t matter how just your claim is. If an insurance company
is determined to save money by lowballing you in settlement or by refusing
to pay a claim at all, they will use any means to ensure you lose, including
taking social media posts and using them against you. The best course
of action when making a claim or fighting a denied claim is to stop using
social media altogether until the case has been settled. Likewise, you
should ask your friends and family not to post pictures of you or mention
you or your injury on their social media pages.
If you need help fighting an insurance company for compensation for injuries
sustained as the result of negligence, you need an
experienced Colorado Springs personal injury attorney on your side. Our advocates have nearly 120 years of combined legal experience
to offer your case. We understand the ins and outs of Colorado laws, so
we can skillfully represent you based on whatever your circumstances may
be. Let us help build your case to help you get the best legal outcome
possible. We are capable of representing you in negotiations and settlements
as well as in court. We take the time to thoroughly review and analyze
prior judgments relevant to your situation so we can effectively cite
case laws and rulings.
Contact us at (719) 602-5888 or fill out our online form to get your case started
with us today.