We all know instigators—or those who twist words to incite conflict. They can make friends into enemies with a few carefully crafted whispers, or start a devastating rumor with a simple manipulation of someone’s words. There’s nothing more frustrating than hearing your reputation has been scarred because someone took your words out of context and used them against you. But if you’ve been in a serious accident, the insurance company may try to do just that.
In most personal injury cases, the insurance company is the one thing standing between you and a fair settlement. They’ll try to pay you as little as possible for your injuries in the interests of profits. As your attorney, we’ll do everything within our power to build a case that forces them to do the right thing. But it’s important to remember that while we’re collecting evidence and investigating your case, the insurance company is doing the same thing, and nothing is off limits. A simple text message you sent to your family or a Facebook status you posted can be used against you.
Let’s say you’re recovering from your injuries and you post to social media that you’re feeling pretty well today. The insurance company can take that innocent post and twist it into a claim that you’re not as injured as you say. It’s a dirty trick, but we’ve seen it done. That’s why it’s important that you be very careful on social media throughout the injury claim process, because the insurance company may be watching—and they’re some of the best instigators out there.