How Social Media May be Used in Discovery for Personal Injury Lawsuits

social media logosSocial media connects millions of people across the world. However, it can also be used as a weapon against other individuals, such as during the course of a personal injury lawsuit. Due to the ability to use this information, people can strengthen or weaken their case through social media.

Drunk Driving Accident

One man posted a video on YouTube in which he admitted that he was drunk when he caused a wreck in which another person died. Prior to the video, the man had not been charged in the incident. However, after the video went viral, the man was indicted due to his YouTube admission.

Distracted Driving Cases

Social media may also be used in a case when a person is accused of driving while talking on a cell phone. For example, a person may admit on Facebook or another social media channel that he or she was talking or texting while driving. A social media post may appear right before the accident, indicating that the person was on his or her phone at the time.

Refute Testimony

Social media content may also be used against a person to refute his or her previous testimony. For example, if a person claims that he was severely injured and then posts vacation photos in which he was participating in sports or other high-level activities, this information may be used as evidence in the event of a personal injury claim.

Put Our 100+ Years Experience to Work for You

If you believe that your personal injury case can be strengthened by discovering social media posts or messages, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help through the discovery process. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.