Hi, I'm James Roswold of Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys and I want to talk about a hot topic
... Social Networking ...
Social networking on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social networking sites has become a social phenomenon. It seems that everyone has a page or is tweeting.
It's fun, it's easy and, if you've been injured, it can wreck your injury claim.
Just as your friends and family use these sites to keep up with you, insurance adjusters and insurance company attorneys now routinely check out the social networking sites of injury victims.
Unfortunately, the information, blogs and photos that are posted often help them damage your case. Even though you may be in pain, that photo of you at a friend's party holding a beer gives the impression that you aren't hurt as badly as you say.
Maybe the information you have posted or that is on your blog conveys an unflattering image of you.
Maybe you are just plain stupid and have something totally inappropriate on your site. We have all seen this before. Remember Michael Phelps smoking marijuana?
Although as lawyers we would prefer that our clients shut down their social media sites during their claim, we know this may be unrealistic. If you are unwilling to give them up, at a minimum, here are some things that you must do to protect yourself.
Check you privacy settings and make sure that there is no public access to your site.
Review your sites and take down anything that could be construed as offensive or that you would not want the insurance company to see.
Don't post anything that you would not feel comfortable having the insurance adjuster see.
Don't accept any friend requests from people you don't know.
Above all, use common sense. Don't let something that is supposed to be fun wreck your injury claim.
Please call us with any questions you may have about social networking pitfalls or your injury claim.
In order to protect yourself further, you should also download our FREE book ... 10 Essential Steps You MUST take to Protect Your Injury Claim, How You Can Escape The Personal Injury Trap, The Ultimate Guide To Accident Cases In Missouri and Kansas.
Finally, if you or a family member has been involved in an accident, just give us a call to discuss your situation for free and with no obligation.