We have all heard about insurers engaging private detectives to run surveillance on injured people, but did you know that more and more insurers are instead turning to the social media pages of those seeking compensation?
Injured people’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts are frequently being viewed by insurance companies wanting to monitor the extent of a person’s injuries and to see just how much their injuries are impacting upon their everyday lives.
As we live in an age where people are constantly uploading photographs of their day to day living it is easy to see why an insurance company would target an injured person’s social media accounts.
Even the most innocent of social media posts can be used against an injured person, especially when considered out of context. Insurers will often use such material to diminish the value of an injured persons claim.
Of course life has to go on, even for those who have very significant injuries, but when making a claim for compensation it is important to remember that your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter may not be as private as you think.
The best way to avoid potentially damaging your case is to avoid uploading or posting on social media when you are making a claim for compensation.
If you or somebody you know has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To speak to one of our helpful lawyers or to arrange a free no obligation assessment of your claim, please call us on 1800 25 1800 or contact us online.
Written by Emily Harris.
Emily Harris is a Practice Group Leader at Stacks Goudkamp. She has experience acting for clients in a variety of different areas, including motor vehicle claims, medical negligence claims and public liability claims.