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And while the thought of a victim’s insurance company scouring the social media accounts of their own insured may seem intrusive and unethical,
“We have seen how social media can be detrimental to those in the public spotlight, but many people do not realize the impact it can have on a personal injury claim,” says Davis. “It is always important to remember that anything you publish online is out there for everyone to see, and the insurance companies will use your mistakes against you.”
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One of Davis’s previous clients was so passionate about snowboarding, that despite serious injuries that required high doses of pain medications, he did not want to give up the sport after being a victim of a car accident. He made the unfortunate decision to post pictures of himself snowboarding on Facebook and the opposing attorneys later used them to discredit his claim. According to Davis, this particular client’s settlement was approximately
According to the veteran trial attorney, monitoring social media sites is one of the most profitable ways for the insurance companies to reduce their financial commitment to their own insured. He says it only emphasizes the importance of being your own best advocate during this difficult process.
“In this case, my own client had innocently posted some pictures of himself enjoying one of his favorite activities, years after the accident that injured him had occurred,” Davis said. “The insurance company leveraged the photographic evidence against my client and, as a result, he received a substantially reduced settlement.”
After feeling the impact of social media on his own client’s injury claim, Davis decided to make social media use a focal point when signing a new client. Today, he advises all of his clients to limit their use of social media while they pursue a claim and reminds them that the outcome of the claim can easily be negatively impacted by any damaging photos or statements made online.
In addition to social media use, there are a number of additional factors that can damage or ruin a personal injury or car accident claim. As a public service to accident victims in