If you’ve been injured and are involved in a claim against an insurance company, be aware that the insurance company will be looking at everything you post online in order to deny your claim! They will use all of your posts, tweets, and pictures to claim that you aren’t injured.
Setting your Facebook page to “private” doesn’t protect you. During a lawsuit, the insurance company may try to subpoena your entire Facebook page and Twitter account, even asking for all of your passwords and usernames so they can see anything private that you may have done. And it’s legal!
If you’ve been in an accident, the safest thing for you to do is to de-activate your social media accounts during the claims process. In the very least, be mindful of what you post, watch what others are “tagging” you in, and remember, social media is public!
With colder weather, holidays, and ski season soon approaching, we will also be encountering dangerous icy conditions. Falling on ice is one of Colorado’s most common winter injuries and reasons for bringing a lawsuit. It takes less than two seconds from the moment that you slip to when your body hits the ground, leaving you vulnerable to serious injuries and broken bones.
Businesses in Colorado which are open to the general public have a duty to protect their patrons from dangerous ice build-up. When you’re out and about this winter, remember these following tips:
- Stay on designated sidewalks and walkways.
- Wear appropriate winter shoes with good traction.
- Only walk in well-lit areas.
- If you notice dangerous ice, tell an employee.
- Walk slowly and keep your center of gravity over your front leg.
- Keep your arms free to help you balance. If you are carrying heavy bags, ask an employee to help carry them to your car.
Typically, the parents or the guardian of a child under the age of 18 will bring a claim on the child’s behalf for compensation of injuries that a child sustained.