As always, it is important to be careful what you post on your social media account. This is even more important when you are involved in a lawsuit. One New York based lawsuit is currently making news in the legal world for a social media matter regarding to a car accident. According to the background of the claim, a woman alleged that she suffered injuries from a car accident that caused her a significant loss of enjoyment of life. However, her Instagram was reviewed during the legal proceedings, and included post-accident pictures of the woman participating in strenuous outdoor activities and enjoying a vacation. It may be likely that these pictures may have a negative impact towards the woman's claim.
Sometimes, what you post on social media can really influence the validity of your legal claim. Recently, a Pennsylvania woman discovered this fact when she went to pursue a lawsuit against doctors whom she felt misdiagnosed her. According to the report, published by McCall.com, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled that the woman failed to sue doctors within the two-year statute of limitations for such cases. The woman's original argument was that physicians misdiagnosed her Lyme disease as multiple sclerosis.
Believe it or not, social media harassment is becoming a significant problem for elderly residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. According to a local report from ProPublica (in partnership with NPR) there has been a significant amount of Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram photos and videos posted by nursing home employees in recent years. These photos and videos highlight residents in compromising positions, such as being naked and/or abused, covered in excrement, or deceased. As a result, federal health officials have stated that they plan to crack down on these employees. One such measure they recommend is having a clear policy for all workers that prohibit staff from taking potentially demeaning pictures of their residents. Additionally, they are urging state officials to quickly investigate claims, report offenders, and recommend disciplinary action.
According to an article by the Rockland County Times, Facebook and other social media sites are changing the ways that laws are interpreted and executed in terms of evidence and discovery. The article cited a particular example that outlined the following: