Social media has become an important digital forum for people to share photos and talk about their activities and experiences. As great as social media is for keeping in contact with family members and friends, you should think twice about what you post. One thing to remember is that social media is not private, no matter what security settings you use!
There’s a worrying trend beginning to appear in the judicial system, and that’s the use of social media as evidence. Therefore, it is important to remember that anything you post to social media could be used against you. That’s why you’ve got to be careful and smart about what you choose to share.
You might think that it is somewhat unlikely that someone from an insurance company will notice your holiday pictures on Facebook or Instagram, but it is important to be wary. The internet has, in fact, become a valuable tool for investigating personal injury claims, and insurers will actively search out your social media profiles in order to put in doubt the severity or even existence of the personal injury which is being claimed for.
Nothing provides more evidence in a personal injury claim than social media. The information you provide without thinking about it is all it takes to challenge your version of events. Even seemingly innocent posts may result in a claim unravelling, in the insurer declining to pay out on a claim, and in a case being lost.
Imagine someone is claiming for a broken leg and then they (or their friend) starts posting photos of the person dancing or playing Frisbee in the park. That’s going to cast serious doubt over their claim. Photos can be misleading at times, because even if you’ve briefly put the crutches aside to pose for just one photo, it may be used as evidence to suggest you don’t need crutches at all, and that your entirely legitimate claim is false.
Obviously, the main point to make here is that you should only ever make completely legitimate and true claims – claim only for real injuries which have been incurred, and never say that you’re not fit for work when you really are.
However, due to the increasingly regular occurrence that social media is used as evidence in personal injury claims, it’s also important that you are very aware of what your social media pages are saying about you. Any public pages can be accessed by anyone – and remember that your emails can be monitored too.