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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.


social media use and divorce, Crystal Lake Family Law LawyerThe end of a marriage can be an extremely stressful time. In many cases, people who are going through a divorce are emotionally fragile and may be uncertain as to how to conduct their day-to-day lives without their primary relationship. Others may feel a sense of relief or liberation being out of a particular situation, causing them to want to celebrate their new found freedom and engage in behavior that they may not have felt was appropriate during their marriage.

The tremendous popularity of social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus has encouraged a culture of sharing successes and adventures, as well as presenting an idealized image of one's life to the world. Unfortunately, sharing certain details of your life could have a significant impact on the way certain issues related to your divorce may be resolved. Some of the more common ways that social media use could affect your divorce relate to child custody or maintenance awards. For specific information or advice regarding your case, call a Crystal Lake family law attorney today.

Social media sharing could have an impact on whether you are awarded maintenance as well as the amount of any maintenance that may be awarded.

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