Once again, the National Public Radio is weighing in on a relevant topic to today’s blog topic. Social media and its use for legal claims has been an area of hot debate in recent years. Can private social media posts be used as courtroom evidence? How do you control jurors and judges who may tweet or Facebook post about a current case? Interestingly, some lawyers are also attempting to use social media to reach large masses of people for class-action lawsuits. Read about this new phenomenon by clicking the link to the original NPR article, which can be found here.
Social media can be potentially complicated for clients pursuing a personal injury claim. Just like applying for a job or being an employee within a company, your social media activity is not as private or as protected as you may think. Social media can become dangerous for a legal claim when certain pictures or comments are taken out of context and may be used against you. For this reason, if you are hesitant about posting a picture or writing a comment that you feel may be used against your case, use discretion and do not post that item. It may be even be better to not discuss your injury, and especially your legal claim, over Facebook at all. The only way to keep your personal life as private as you want it to be is to not post anything you wouldn’t want everyone to know about.
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