Can social media costs you thousands of dollars in your personal injury case? Find out how:
Updated: Feb 20
Here's why I tell my clients to STAY OFF social media after an accident has occurred. Whether you've been in a car accident or a roll of carpet fell on your head while you were shopping at Home Depot (true story), social media can make or break your case.
There have been countless cases where insurance companies have dragged out innocent victim's claims and purposefully delay the process. Why? The insurance company hires an investigator to stalk those claimants and take photographs.
Get this, there was a case where a man was followed and photographed into his yoga class-- a yoga class intended to alleviate the pain that the accident had caused. Then, they found his social media and captured a photo that he had posted of himself doing yoga. This was all designed for the insurance company to say "if he was so hurt, there's no way he could do yoga." And then they low-balled his settlement offer after already delaying the process for 5 years.
Sometimes it's better for insurance adjusters to not know the full details of your injury. The more they suspect you're injured, the more inclined they are to hire a private investigator to watch and FILM your every move. "Got a shoulder injury? Why did you lift that? "Your back hurts? "Why did you bend over?" They will use EVERYTHING against you.
In certain cases, and really, certain insurance companies, would rather spend money proving you're not "really injured" than pay you out for your actual injury.
PS it is probably because the insurance adjusters enjoy "profit sharing" from the billion-dollar insurance company that they work for. What this means is that at the end of the year, the insurance adjusters get a bonus that is in proportion to the amount of money the company made that year. The more money the insurance adjusters have to pay out for your injuries, the less they get for themselves.
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