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Beware of social media during your personal injury claim

Maintaining a presence on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram is a fun way to spend your time. However, if you are seeking financial compensation through a personal injury claim in Michigan, your social media use could hurt your case.

We understand the allure of social media platforms, but we also know how detrimental their use can be to those who have suffered negligent injuries. You can be sure that the person responsible for your harm, along with their attorney, is watching every move you make. Following social media posts has become a very effective way of defending those accused of negligence.

Let's look at a hypothetical scenario. A person suffered severe injuries in a car accident caused by another driver. The victim decides to file a personal injury claim. At the same time, they want to feel as normal as possible, so they continue posting on Facebook.

If the victim has any posts that show them pursuing physical activities, the defendant's attorney can use these posts to convince a judge that the injuries were less severe than claimed. What seems innocent to you, like a photo of you outdoors with your pet, could be twisted around to make it look like you are not being 100% truthful.

Ideally, personal injury victims should try to stay away from social media until the case is over. With the eyes of the world -- and those of attorneys on the other side of injury claims -- watching, it makes sense to do all you can to improve your odds of success.

Please continue reviewing our firm's website for more about personal injury and your legal options.

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