Why You Should Avoid Social Media When Filing a Personal Injury Claim in PA

As you know, there is nothing more frightening than sustaining an injury in an accident that was simply not your fault. If you find yourself in this situation, there is a very good chance that you are now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. One thing to keep in mind is the role social media plays in winning or losing your claim. Please continue reading and speak with our Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about why you should avoid posting on social media when pursuing a personal injury claim. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Why should I avoid social media after sustaining an injury?

If you are injured in an accident, one of the most important things you can do following the injury is to ensure that you refrain from posting on social media. This is because, oftentimes, after you pursue a personal injury claim against the insurance company, the company will monitor your posts to ensure that you do not post anything that may potentially contradict your claim. For example, if you tell the insurance company that you sustained serious injuries to your shoulder, though you post a picture of yourself working out at the gym, there is a very good chance that they will use this as evidence against you. In many cases, they will even take certain posts out of context to deny you the compensation you need, which is why it is in your best interests to avoid posting altogether until your claim is resolved, if possible.

What else can I do to improve my chances of winning a personal injury claim?

If you are injured in an accident, the most important thing you can do is retain the services of a knowledgeable Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can work to uncover all of the evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof. However, after an accident, you can take several actions to increase your chances of winning a future claim, including the following:

  1. Call the police and obtain a copy of the police report filed at the scene of the accident.
  2. Ask anyone who witnessed the accident for their contact information.
  3. Take pictures of the accident.
  4. Seek medical treatment and obtain medical documentation regarding your injuries.
  5. Ask the other driver for his or her insurance information.
  6. Hire an attorney who can work to obtain surveillance footage of the accident or any other form of evidence to prove your claim.


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