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Personal Injury Plaintiffs - Be Careful of What You Post on The Internet

If you are the plaintiff in a personal injury case, there is a good chance that the insurance adjuster, defense attorney, and/or investigator has looked for you on the web.

If your claim is that you were injured in a car accident and can no longer walk, video of you playing basketball, pictures of you running, etc. can all destroy your case. Of course if you really can walk, you have no business claiming that you can't.

The more likely scenario is that you might post an older photo, or something else that can be taken out of context; it may be something that you can explain away. But there is always the chance that the insurance adjuster, mediator, judge and/or jury do not believe your explanation.

It is therefore very important to make sure you do not give the other side a reason to think that you are lying. It is even more important to not give them any evidence to support their belief that you are lying.

If your case is in litigation, you may have to explain the photos in your deposition. If you in trial, you may have to explain the photos or posts to the jury. Wouldn't it be better if you had no explaining to do?

Pete Clancy is an Oakland personal injury attorney. He can be reached at 925-835-7500, or by email through his website.