When Social Media Bites Back
Sure, some negative news eventually makes the rounds through social media. It's only natural. But for the most part, we tend to share our most positive moments, triumphs and personal achievements.
Why would we make a habit of regularly sharing our failures and darkest hours for the whole world to see?
But that's exactly the sort of backwards logic cruel lawyers can use (and have before) in court in a desperate bid to deny just compensation to claimants.
Picture, for example, you've been in a terrible car accident. You'll need pain medications for the rest of your life, just to live as normally as possible. To ease the burden of your medical care, of course you expect the insurance company to pay their fair share.
After all, that's what insurance is for.
Unfortunately, insurance companies will often move mountains to trivialize your injury and get out of paying.
One of their unscrupulous tactics involves combing social media such as Facebook for evidence you aren't really as hurt as you claim to be.
That means collecting every picture and status update you've made since your injury, hoping to build a case that you're lying and able to live a full, satisfying life without assistance.
Pictures as simple as you smiling and enjoying yourself at a wedding, dressing up for a night out with your friends, or even going on vacation are enough to count as “evidence” that you're not hurt.
Right away you can see how absurd that sounds—how can we expect an accident victim to post nothing but misery for months, years, even decades after an injury? But that's exactly what these lawyers do, and sometimes they get away with it.
The key takeaway here is twofold.
First, if you are in an accident and you're seeking compensation, be very careful what you post online. You can bet your pictures and words will be spun against you in court.
And most importantly, you have to work with an attorney who knows all of those tricks, and knows how to fight them—with truth and compassion.
When you're injured in an accident or due to negligence, you deserve better.