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5 Tips For Smart Social Media Use After A Florida Car Accident

Social media has become commonplace in our everyday lives. Almost second nature, individuals all over Florida post their lunch photos, update where they’re going throughout the day, and chat with friends on their chosen social media platforms. It’s come to a point where not using social media feels unnatural, but that’s exactly what you want to do if you’ve been in an accident in Southwest Florida.

Avoiding social media helps you to avoid risking your slip and fall or auto injury case. While complete avoidance of social media may not always be possible, smart usage certainly is. 5 tips for smart social media use after an accident are:

• Stay away from photos – Whether you’re uploading an “oldie but goodie” on Instagram, or you’re sharing an old photo memory on Facebook, sharing of photos while your accident case is open should be strictly off-limits. Insurance claims adjusters or legal teams will be combing your social media activity for any sign that you could be exaggerating your experience, and photos present a perfect opportunity. Even if photos aren’t recent, they could be used against you in getting the compensation you need.

• Casual “likes” are okay – Being out of commission due to an accident injury can leave you with plenty of time and nothing to do, so it’s not surprising that you may wish to scroll social media for a little entertainment. Casual “likes” on posts or videos is generally okay, but it’s important to refrain from going overboard. Constant “liking” activity on social media may be taken as a sign that you’re paying closer attention to social media than you are your recovery.

• Check in with friends offline – If you do have a brunch day with friends, those friends may decide to take a photo and give you a tag; not knowing that they could be hurting your case. Make sure your friends are informed about your pending case, and that you cannot be featured or tagged in any photos in the meantime. Even if you were sitting in a special seat with a cast on your leg, having been driven to the restaurant by a friend, a photo smiling over a meal on a social outing may spell trouble for your settlement.

• Keep your conversations minimal – Having the occasion conversation on a friend’s post isn’t strictly prohibited, but it should be kept to a minimum. Like frequent “liking” of photos or posts, frequent chatting may look as though you’re prioritizing social interaction over your recovery. This may also give the impression that you’re not suffering so badly that you can’t go online and have fun with friends, and therefore you aren’t entitled to the settlement you’re asking for.

• Never mention the accident – After an accident, it’s only natural that it’s going to be something you want to talk about. The recovery and settlement process can be a tedious one, so venting to friends on social media might seem like a solution to get that frustration out. Until your case is completely settled, you should avoid all talk or mention about the accident on any and all social media platforms.

Guidance While You’re Navigating Your Case

Guidance is key to navigating your case successfully in today’s digital world. The best guidance comes from a skilled and experienced Florida personal injury lawyer, giving you confidence that you’re not doing anything that could unknowingly put your case at risk. For more on safe social media use after an accident, contact our professionals at today.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

5 Tips For Smart Social Media Use After A Florida Car Accident

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