Myrtle Beach is a terrific place to get away, but an injury during your trip can ruin your fun in the sun. Many people love to share their experiences on social media, good and bad. If you suffered an injury on vacation, though, resist the urge to post online.
Social media could damage your personal injury case in several ways.
Photos could show evidence of the accident
Any documentation of your accident should remain with your legal team. A virtual audience could misinterpret your pictures. Photos could end up in the hands of someone opposing your case. Even fun images from your trip should stay off the internet. If, for example, your injury occurred at a putt-putt course, and you share pictures of yourself playing mini-golf, that may hurt your argument.
Your timeline may detail your life after injury
Writing about your day-to-day life may seem innocent and unrelated to your claim. But if you stated that your injuries affected your livelihood, then complain publicly about your commute to work, that could be problematic. Someone could twist your words and depict an image contrary to your injury claims.
The internet is not private
Social media posts are admissible as evidence in a court of law. Even if you think your account is private, a judge can request your account passwords. Personal messages are also subject to scrutiny. It is best to keep it between you and your lawyer when sharing information.
Posting and chatting with friends on the internet is fun, but sometimes less is more online.