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How Social Media Can Adversely Affect Your Wrongful Death Case

Posted by Timothy J. Ryan | Jul 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the things that people like to do when their loved one has died in an auto accident or any other tragedy is to post their experience on social media. But what most don't realize is that just as it is with a criminal case, everything they do or say can be used against them.

If your loved one has been in an accident and you claim to be suffering from their loss, part of those claims might be that you are unable to work because you are suffering from grief or because you are in some way disabled as a result of the incident. Therefore, you need to be mindful of what you post or allow to be posted on your social media pages.

Information that you post on your social media pages can be detrimental to your wrongful death case for two primary reasons:

  1. It is discoverable
  2. It can be misconstrued

Insurance companies are known to scour social media accounts for information that they can use to limit or deny your wrongful death claim.

If you are claiming that you have suffered significant damages and there are posts on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter of you engaging in activity that a grieving or damaged person probably would not do, your claim for compensation may be seriously compromised.

Whether you are celebrating at a friend's wedding, enjoying a much-needed get away or whatever, any image, video, or report of you engaging in activities that aren't consistent with your claims can adversely affect your case.

Your social media posts can be used against regardless of whether or not you are doing anything wrong or suspicious. A simple photo of you taking your children to the park can be misconstrued by an insurance company and used to suggest that you are not suffering in the ways that you claim.

Furthermore, even if the images are from long before your loved one's death, they may still be used to cast doubt on your case. If your case goes to trial and you win, your social media post can still affect the amount of compensation you are awarded.

So, it's extremely important that from the time of the incident until you have received your settlement that you be mindful of what you share on social media and that you talk to your attorney if you have any questions regarding what information you can and cannot share.

Should Wrongful Death Victims Post on Social Media?

Social Media is increasingly having an impact on wrongful death cases and a lot of people don't realize that what they post online will have an affect on their lives and their case. Anything you post on social media can be twisted and used to deny or limit your claim for compensation. It's important that you consult with your wrongful death lawyer to find when and what (if anything) you can post to social media during your case.

If you have recently lost a loved one and would like to find out if you have a claim for damages, call (800) 838-6644 today to speak with one of our lawyers for a free case evaluation. We've helped recover over $1 billion on behalf of thousands of California victims and have great reviews.

About the Author

Timothy J. Ryan

Personal injury attorney Timothy J. Ryan has helped California injury victims recover more than $1 Billion since 1981. Tim is on the board of governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and received the 2020 award "10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys" for client satisfaction.


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