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How Social Media Can Affect the Outcome of Your Wrongful Death Case

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Personal injury claims arise when someone is injured as a result of the negligent or intentional actions of another.  However, if the injuries that are sustained are fatal, then the victim’s family may be entitled to pursue wrongful death claim.  No one should have to experience the tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one, and while some may turn to social media for support and sympathy, there are a few things you should consider before you post.

Evidence on Social Media Can be Used Against You to Disprove Your Wrongful Death Claim

Anything that you post online can potentially be discoverable and used against you should you decide to file a wrongful death claim.  Oftentimes in wrongful death family members claim that they’ve suffered significant damages as a result of their loved one’s death.  If you post a photo or comment about engaging in activities that a seriously damaged or grieving person would not do, then you may not receive all of the damages or compensation you’re claiming in your wrongful death case.  Not only are your posts discoverable, but even if you think a post is harmful or will not affect your case, it is possible that an insurance company or the other side will misconstrue your post or photo and take or use your post or photo out of context in order to show that you are not actually damaged or suffering.  Accordingly, because anything you post can adversely affect your case and place limits on the amount of compensation you receive, it is important that you think twice before posting on social media following your loved one’s death.  It’s generally a good idea to be careful and wary about what you post or to avoid posting altogether until after you’ve reached a settlement in your case, but if you have any questions about what you can and can’t post on social media, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, the experienced Long Island Wrongful Death Attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, are here to help you.

Contact a Long Island Wrongful Death Attorney Today

If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligent or intentional actions of another, and you’re suffering as a result, either emotionally, physically, and/or financially, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Long Island Wrongful Death Lawyer as soon as possible to find out if you might have a claim for damages.  Until you’ve taken the time to speak with an attorney, be very mindful of what you post online, whether it relates to your loved one’s death or not, as any post can be used against you to either limit or deny any compensation that you might otherwise be entitled to.  An experienced attorney can help you decide what posts may be appropriate, if any, throughout the duration of your wrongful death case.  Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today at (516) 358-6900 and learn what we can do for you. We are available 24/7 so don’t hesitate to contact us at any time, day or night.

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