Each year our lives get more intertwined with social media. For those in Florida who have been injured in an accident, what might seem like an innocent social media post could cost you your car injury compensation. In 2022, before you upload a video to TikTok, a photo to Instagram, or a post to Facebook, stop and think about how your decision could impact your injury settlement case.
Venting frustration on social media is commonplace. However, there’s a large difference between venting about a day at work and venting about an accident. Anything said can and will be used against you in your claim, so you want to make sure you leave insurance providers and their legal teams with nothing to work with.
Why Worry About Posting On Social Media After A Crash?
When you sign up with an insurance provider, that provider is going to want to give the impression that they work for you. While they do work for you technically, you’re not their number one priority. Insurance providers are companies first, and like any company, they’re first and foremost looking after their bottom line. What they want is to keep as much of your premiums as possible, and lower payouts to keep their profits high.
For this reason, insurance providers will be thorough in investigating any injury claims that come through after a slip and fall or auto accident. One way they’ll do this is to take to social media, and have their own investigators take a peek at your social media accounts looking for red flags. A post talking about a trip to the grocery store, a photo you’ve been tagged in from months ago, or even a mention of doing house chores can be enough for them to try to deny your claim.
Tips For Safe Social Media
A few tips can help you to keep safe on social media in 2022, even in a world where we’ve become so interconnected with our digital presence. These tips include:
• Make use of new privacy features – Facebook has improved its privacy settings a lot in recent years. As a matter of fact, Facebook even allows individuals to block anyone they do not already know from viewing their profile and posts in general. For users of Instagram, the platform allows users to make their entire profiles private and unviewable as well. Restricting access as completely as possible after an accident is the best course of action. In your privacy settings, you can keep your entire profile unviewable, block any photo tags, and disallow friend or follower requests.
Another new feature on Facebook is the privacy checkup feature. This feature in your privacy settings lets you run a quick checkup to see all the information you have visible to the public, who has been given permission to view what, and how you can better adjust your privacy on the platform.
• Don’t accept any new friend or follower requests – If you choose not to block friend requests or new follows, it’s important to reject any person you do not already know. Any new unknown friends or followers could be investigators from insurance companies and their teams trying to find anything on your social media that could be used to put your case in jeopardy.
• Don’t post at all – Even the most “normal” post could be used against you, so it’s best to avoid posting at all until your case is settled. This doesn’t just count for new posts, but for comments as well that could be visible to others you’re not aware of.
After you’ve been in an auto accident, it’s important to keep your information safe. If you’re looking for legal representation to guide you through the process in Florida, contact Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh at JusticePays.com today.