We have all heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Well, individuals involved in personal injury claims or insurance claims should pay special attention to this statement when it comes to posting on social media. If you have a pending legal matter take notice that your posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites might become evidence in your case. Even innocent posts might jeopardize your case. This is what happened to Zachary Clement. Mr. Clement’s workers compensation claim was denied, in part, based on the pictures that he posted on Facebook and MySpace showing him drinking and partying. The insurance carrier introduced these pictures into evidence to argue that Mr. Clement had healed. The appellate court upheld the use of the photos holding that the pictures raised issues as to Mr. Clement’s credibility. The lesson is that you must use discretion in what you posts when you have a pending legal matter. Here is another saying worth employing when you are thinking of posting on some site when you have a pending legal matter: “Better safe than sorry”. Don't post on social media while you have a pending legal matter.
You can reach Miami Personal Injury and Insurance Claims Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email J.P. directly at [email protected].