Almost 2.5 billion people are on social media in 2018, spending an average of two-and-a-half hours of their day on various platforms. With this proliferation comes an increase in competition between users, vying to get the most likes, comments and shares. And while we all know to be conservative on social media when applying for jobs or college, did you know it is equally important when submitting a claim to your insurance provider?
There are several steps you should take after suffering a personal injury. One of the most important — and often overlooked — is to protect yourself from your own social media accounts. Posting any pictures or comments about your accident might be tempting in our current era of oversharing, but it could hurt your claim in the long run.
Make It Private
A vital first step is to remove any contact information from your accounts. Making sure your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all other social media profiles are set to private is a good first step, but not enough to guarantee your insurance company won’t find evidence to implicate your case.
Don’t Trust Anyone You Don’t Know
Many insurance companies hire private investigators to compile information refuting your claim. These investigators have many different strategies for finding information about you — including creating fake accounts and requesting to follow you. While we all want more followers, it’s always a good rule of thumb to not accept follow requests from people you don’t know. This is especially important while filing an insurance claim.
Think About What You Post
Your past and future posts also have the ability to implicate your claim. Insurance companies will twist your pictures and statuses for the jury to benefit their case against you.
For example, you might think a fun vacation post with your friends is harmless, but insurance companies could claim you’re not in any pain after your accident and dismiss your injuries. Questionable comments, likes, and pictures could also shine a negative light on your character.
Let Us Know If We Can Help
If your insurance company is disputing your claim and not paying you the money you deserve, you need experienced attorneys on your side. Glass & Robson is dedicated to securing fair compensation for your claim and have the results to back it up. We recently secured an $850,000 verdict for a client after her insurance provider presented multiple insufficient settlement offers.
While we can’t guarantee that every client will have the same results, you deserve the chance to have your case heard. If you’ve been in an accident and think your insurance company isn’t giving you the money you deserve, please contact us for a free consultation today.