Beware of Posting Case Information on Facebook and Twitter : A Virginia Beach Injury Lawyer’s Video
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Google + has transformed the landscape of communication. A staggering 900 million people used Facebook alone as of April 2012.
But our more interactive society poses new dangers for people involved in legal proceedings. If you have been injured in a car wreck, a slip and fall case or any other type of personal injury, you should not post details on social media, even if you were not at fault in the accident.
Lawyers acting for insurance companies will scour social media looking for evidence to use against you. You should not even send information about your case that you believe will be private on messages or other restricted areas on the site.
In the context of a lawsuit the insurance companies may get a judge to give them your password to look at your pictures and pull up your emails.
These cases are becoming more common. The case of Loporcaro v New York stated:
“When a person creates a Facebook account, he or she may be found to have consented to the possibility that personal information might be shared with others, notwithstanding his or her privacy settings, as there is no guarantee that the pictures and information, whether personal or not, will not be further broadcast and made available to other members of the public.”
In this video I advise you against providing any details on a case subject to litigation on social media. This includes any photographs of an accident scene.
Facebook is fun but you should stop it while you have a personal injury case going on, or at least make sure not to mention anything about the case on the site or any of the other social media sites out there.
The Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as wrongful death, railroad injury cases and medical malpractice. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in specializing in auto injury as well as other accident claims. Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. Our motto is: “Your Injury. Our fight.” If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.