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How Social Media Can Hurt Your Personal Injury CaseReceiving the monetary compensation that you deserve in your personal injury case depends on convincing the court of the extent of your injury and the negative effect it has had on your life. You present detailed medical reports as evidence of your physical condition and have other people testify on how the injury limits your activity and enjoyment of life. The defense’s job is to try to discredit your evidence and show that your pain and suffering is not as bad as you claim. In recent years, defenses have turned to social media to find evidence against personal injury claimants.

Contradictory Statements

Under no circumstances should you discuss the details of your personal injury case on social media – publicly or privately. When talking about your injury, you may say something that contradicts the case you are presenting in court, such as:

  • The circumstances that led to your injury;
  • Your physical limitations as a result of the injury; and
  • The emotional suffering that the injury has caused you.

Never assume that a conversation on social media will remain private. The defense is looking for evidence that may cast doubt on your motivations for the lawsuit and need for compensation.

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Quantifying Pain and Suffering for Personal Injury DamagesIt can be difficult to measure how much your personal injury has cost you in terms of money. However, that is what you need to do when filing a personal injury lawsuit. There are two types of damages in personal injury cases: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are tangible costs from your injury, including medical bills, property damage and lost wages. Non-economic damages are the intangible costs, most commonly referred to as pain and suffering. You and your personal injury attorney must determine the value of your pain and suffering when requesting damages.

Definition

Your personal injuries can cause you anguish in ways that a medical bill does not reflect. As a result of your injury, you may be:

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