There is one thing you must understand about social media; anything you post is now public record. Almost anyone can use social media for anything, and if you can understand the privacy settings, you can limit the reach, but you can’t stop it if someone is determined to find out more about you. Here are 7 tips to follow after an accident.
- Keep your case private. Don’t post any photos of your accident or give any information regarding recovering from your injuries, or activities which may be construed to be inconsistent with your claimed injuries.
- Check your privacy settings and make your personal information and posts private.
- When uploading photos, be selective. Ask yourself, “Will this help or hurt my case?” Set up filters allowing only friends to see your photo albums.
- Only accept friend requests from people you know personally. An insurance adjuster may send you a friend request hoping to gain access to your personal information.
- If possible, block all but certain people from viewing your profile. On Facebook, you can do this under the Settings. Additionally, you may want to remove yourself from the search results.
- Don’t join groups with names or discussions in which you could compromise your claim.
- For Facebook users, you can remove yourself from showing up in Google’s search results, too. Go to your privacy settings page and uncheck the box under Public Search Setting.
Remember, the insurance adjuster and opposing attorney on your case will be searching for details regarding you and your claimed injuries. Ideally, it would be best to close down your social media sites during your case. This will ensure you and your friends don’t post any damaging information that will be used against you.