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Could your Facebook posts jeopardize a car accident claim?

When something traumatic happens to you, it may be your first instinct to share it with your friends and family. For instance, if you were in a car accident, you would more than likely want to share the experience. These days, this may include posting it on Facebook or some other social media account.

If you do, anything you say could end up jeopardizing your insurance claim or a personal injury claim filed in an Ohio civil court. Whether you file a claim with your insurance company, the other driver's insurance company or both, you will be under scrutiny. Many people believe that their online interactions are private, but that is not generally the case.

Insurance companies could attempt to review your social media accounts in an attempt to find a reason to deny your claim or pay you less than you may be entitled to otherwise. How you discuss the accident and your injuries could affect your claim. If you post photographs of yourself, will they reflect the injuries you suffered in the accident? Did you post something online that could contradict what you told the insurance company?

If you do say anything about the accident on your social media accounts, it should be limited. In fact, it might be better if you do not post anything about it online, especially if you intend to pursue restitution for your injuries and other damages associated with the car accident. Almost certainly, it would be a good idea to discuss your circumstances with an Ohio attorney before making any statements or posting any photographs online. Even something you consider innocent could end up being used against you by the insurance company in your negotiations or in court.

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