3 Ways Social Media Can HELP Your Personal Injury Case
After being injured in a car accident, on the job, via a dog bite or a slip and fall accident, you may have been told to stay away from posting photos, videos and/or status updates on social media. This is good advice. Defense lawyers are turning to social media in attempt to prove, among other things, that the plaintiff is exaggerating an injury or has been dishonest.
While there are countless ways that social media can hurt your case, there are also some ways they can help:
- Refer a Friend. When it comes to product recommendations or opinions, it is common to turn to family and friends. With so many options of Personal Injury Attorneys, it can be overwhelming trying to find the right fit for you. Reach out to your trusted social media network in search of someone who has experienced an injury, minor or traumatic, and has hired an attorney. Ask questions about their experience with their counsel and how they were treated. Be sure not to disclose any details about your accident and take that conversation offline.
- Social Searching. Searching for a firm’s Facebook or Linkedin pages can provide insightful information. Browse for reviews/testimonials from former clients, firm and staff information, links to the website, prior settlements and even videos to help educate you on the process. Take your time to learn about the attorneys that could be representing and fighting for you. Look for attorneys who engage in conversation and rank communication highly. The process of a personal injury case can be long and staying in the know will help you get through it with ease.
- Neighborhood Watch. After an accident, it is unlikely for your focus to be on finding or witnesses to what happened. On social media sites like Facebook, there are numerous Communities and Groups that you can participate in. Witnesses can be found by you (or your attorney’s investigator). Searching for people who saw what happened can help provide value to your case. The information from a vetted eye witness can be useful to bring to your attorney. In addition to Facebook, NextDoor allows for neighbors to communicate about recent events as well. Remember not to share any details other than the location and time of where the accident occurred.
If there is ever confusion whether you should post on social media or not regarding a personal injury accident, more times than not, the answer will be it is safer not to. It can be smart to utilize these platforms to help research and learn your options when choosing a personal injury attorney during such a stressful time. At Kaufman Law, most of our clients come from referrals of previous clients. We have an extensive online presence, from our website to Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+ pages, to Twitter and Instagram profiles. Our videos and client testimonials are easily found, as we are proud of the work we do and what people have to say about us.
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