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The Relevancy of Social Media to Personal Injury Cases
The world has truly changed ever since the evolution of technology, giving rise to the internet. To be more specific, social media is a powerful tool that allows people to reach the world at large. It gives way to communication, entertainment, and news sharing as well.
Unfortunately, people's use of social media platforms doesn't always lead to pleasant outcomes. Many would even consider social media as a tool that can harm people and situations, say a court case.
With that said, here is an in-depth look at how using social media can affect your personal injury case.
When it comes to personal injury claims, plenty of people tend to either be for or against the plaintiff. It's worth noting that social media practically spreads this point of view instantly to the rest of the world.
Therefore, social media can affect your case because opposing parties may believe that the plaintiff does not deserve a lawyer. Moreover, the opposing party may even go as far as to suggest that the defendant is innocent.
In fact, there are a lot of stories of people stating that they will help the defendant pay for their lawyer. Some may say that they will ensure that the plaintiff will receive a hefty amount of money when the trial is over.
These are only some of the many reasons your personal injury lawyer may request you to leave social media temporarily, at least throughout your trial.
Social media may also affect personal injury cases because it allows people to share personal details about the case, the plaintiff, and the defendant.
For example, the media can easily dig up details about the plaintiff's past, such as drinking episodes, drug use, participation in dangerous activities, and the like.
Moreover, social media can reveal details about the defendant as well. People may comment on the defendant's lifestyle and state that they are harmless.
They will also comment on the defendant's past, especially regarding criminal offenses.
Social media can influence the court because people may share opposing opinions on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This can cause a conflict between the parties and may lead to delays in the proceedings.
For example, the opposing party may share their point of view on social media, eventually leading to a heated discussion. The court may become concerned about the case and delay the trial for a couple of weeks to sort out the mess.
In addition, social media can also have an adverse effect on the witnesses. This is because people may freely express their opinions about the case on social media.
As a result, the witnesses will feel pressured to support the party that shares their view. The opposing party may even contact the witness, pressuring them to say the opposite in court.
Social media may become a source of evidence for several reasons. For one, people may share the events leading to the case with their social media friends.
Moreover, people may upload photos and videos related to the plaintiff and the defendant.
The opposing party may even use social media as a means to discredit the plaintiff's claims.
For example, the opposing party may say that the plaintiff is not really hurt. There are cases when people may take photos of the plaintiff in other activities, claiming that they’re actually okay.
If you're one of the defendants, you may feel that social media is a great tool to track your friends and family. With it, you can keep an eye on their activities and even see what they're up to that they might not share with you.
Meanwhile, the plaintiff may use social media to track and spy on the defendant. Plaintiffs can gather information about the defendant's family and friends.
The plaintiff can even gather information about someone who is testifying for the defendant.
This information can function as a counterattack against the defendant since it may reveal how the said person isn’t telling the truth to the court.
Every party involved in a personal injury case dreads the jury. Unfortunately, social media can also affect jury deliberations.
For example, post-verdict comments can sway the jury in a good or bad way.
It can also harm personal injury cases because it can influence the jury before they have time to think about the case.
Lastly, social media may have a negative impact on the plaintiff's case because of public opinion.
People may have their own set of standards, and when a personal injury case arises, they may use the case to see if the plaintiff meets their standards.
For instance, if the plaintiff is a celebrity involved in a lawsuit, people may use the case to see if the celebrity deserves their status.
The general public may also use the case to see if the plaintiff is a good person or not.
Suppose you find yourself involved in a personal injury case. In that case, your personal injury lawyer may want to limit the risks that social media can bring by asking you to stay away from the internet for now. They may even request you to turn over your accounts for supervision in some cases.
Other than that, your personal injury lawyer may also advise you to decline any request for interviews.
This is because there's a high risk that you may say the wrong thing that can have an adverse effect on your case.
Just be sure to heed your lawyer's advice. In the end, you should keep in mind that it's not just your life that's at stake. Your social media presence can hurt your case.
Mendez and Sanchez Law is a firm of personal injury lawyers in LA.
We are a winning team dedicated to providing the best possible representation to clients who were injured due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.
We handle all kinds of personal injury cases. If you or a loved one was injured or hurt due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, contact us for a consultation for immediate legal advice.
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