Social Media and Your Personal Injury Claim: Part One
If you have been hurt in an auto accident and are thinking about, or are already, pursuing a personal injury claim, and are one of the millions of people utilizing social media, there are things you need to keep in mind before posting on your online profile.
Anything you post, including seemingly harmless posts about a recent vacation or outing with friends and family, might be used by the insurance company to deny or limit your claim.
Keep the following in mind before you post:
- Request that your friends do not “tag” you in their posts as you do not have control over what they post.
- Change your privacy setting to maximum security, make your profile private, or temporarily suspend your profile.
- Do not accept “friend” or “follow” requests from accounts that you do not know.
- Do not post anything that you would not want a jury or a judge to see, even if you think you have a good explanation for it.
- Do not post anything about your personal injury claim.
- Do not post anything about your medical care.
- Do not post anything about conversations between you and your attorney.
Medical malpractice is professional negligence by a health care professional or provider. Negligence means that the professional provided treatment that was substandard, or fell below the standard of care.What are some examples of medical malpractice?– Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis: this occurs when a provider misdiagnosis an illness, or fails to diagnose an illness. The patient may miss treatment opportunities because of this error.– Childbirth Injuries: this includes negligent prenatal care and care received during childbirth.– Medication Errors: this includes prescribing too much of a medication, or an incorrect medication.– Surgery Errors: Surgical errors may occur during surgery (e.g., negligent surgical techniques) or post-operative care (e.g., failure to monitor a patient.)