The Impact of Social Media on Personal Injury Cases
Social media is a powerful tool for personal injury lawyers. It helps them connect with clients and share information about their cases, but it can also be detrimental to some cases. Here are some tips for lawyers and their clients when using social media in relation to personal injury claims:
The impact of social media can be beneficial and detrimental to a personal injury case.
Here are a few ways social media can make your personal injury case easier:
Social media as evidence
Social media can be used to find evidence. It’s easier than ever before to find relevant photos of the injuries sustained and key pieces of data like time stamps and location data. These types of photos can be useful in proving that your client sustained an injury as a result of another person’s negligence, but weren’t always available in the past.
Social media can be used to find witnesses who saw what happened just prior to or after the accident occurred. Many people take videos, photos and post them on social media sites all day long, so there may be valuable information available even if you weren’t able to contact everyone who was there at the time of your client’s accident right away or immediately after it happened because they didn’t know how important those details were at that moment (and neither did you).
Social media allows lawyers and clients alike access into areas where potential jurors may not otherwise go outside their immediate circles–understood? This means more exposure for new cases as well as existing ones–and both are good things!
Trust your personal injury attorney’s advice
A personal injury lawyer can advise you on how to handle and use your social media accounts during a pending case. As you know, social media is a powerful tool for building relationships and increasing awareness about your brand. However, there are many ways that it can also be used against you in personal injury cases. To ensure that you have the best outcome possible for your client in court, it’s important to make sure that their social media accounts are handled correctly during a pending case.
A personal injury lawyer will advise a client on how to handle and use their social media accounts during a pending case. For example:
Do not post anything about the case itself (i.e., no photos of injuries)
Do not engage with other users who post negative comments about your client or the incident at hand
Personal injury lawyers need to be aware of the potentially harmful impacts of social media on their clients’ cases. We all know that social media can be used to your advantage. You can use it to connect with friends and family, find new clients and build a brand, or even get the word out about your personal injury case.
However, social media can also be used against you by an insurance company trying to discredit your claim or by opposing counsel who has access to the same information as you do.
Personal injury lawyers need to be aware of this potential harm before their clients put themselves at risk in any way. They should advise their clients on how best to use social media when involved in a personal injury case—and how not to use it if possible!
The bottom line is that social media can be a powerful tool for personal injury lawyers and their clients. However, it can also cause substantial harm to those involved in injury cases, so it must be used carefully and with the guidance of a lawyer.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, the Guerra Law Group is here to help. We are located at 4201 N McColl Rd, McAllen, TX 78504. You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Contact us today at (956)618-3000 to schedule a consultation or click here and learn more about how we can help with your personal injury claim.