In today’s world, social media is a part of all of our lives. Whether your tweeting, posting, blogging, gramming, or getting down in the DM, we have all experienced what social media has to offer. While it can be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends and stay informed with the goings on in the world, it can be detrimental for personal injury clients who find themselves in ligation over their injury.
Often times one of the very first things requested by defense counsel during initial discovery is access to any social media the Plaintiff may have. If the defense can prove that the information found on any of these social media outlets speaks to the character of the Plaintiff, it will likely be admissible evidence and could be very damaging if it shows anything the defense could use against the Plaintiff to argue their injuries are not as serious as they are, or even worse, that the Plaintiff is dishonest or untrustworthy, and because of that, their story must not be credible.
A few posts, tweets, or posted pictures can have a devastating effect on a client’s case if they are not careful. Not even your private messages are safe from a defense council. All they need to access your messages is a warrant. So, in order to avoid any pitfalls that social media may present, it is extremely important to minimize, if not eliminate any social media use while involved in any type of litigation.
For further information about the use of social media and how it can affect the outcome of a settlement, or if you want to inquire about representation, contact Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., at 361-792-2358. Or stop by and visit our office located at 1201 Third St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404. Our team of experienced and dedicated attorneys are here to help.