When seeking legal representation, we naturally turn to trusted attorneys in our community to help protect our legal rights during legal proceedings. However, attorneys cannot effectively represent us without our input. Imagine an attorney attempting to assist a motor vehicle accident victim in recovering compensation for their injuries without ever speaking to them – it would undoubtedly be a challenging task.
It’s important to realize the impact of our actions throughout a legal claim – before, during, and after. The partnership between attorney and client is crucial, as both parties work towards a common goal. Remember, the outcome of a case can be affected by the actions of both parties.
With the increasing popularity of social media, the impact of our actions has become even more apparent. Many of us use social media daily to share our lives – from our breakfast choices to our happy hour plans. However, even seemingly innocent posts can have detrimental effects on a legal claim. It’s important to be mindful of what we share online as a single sentence, though seemingly innocent at the time, may detrimentally impact a social media user’s legal claim. It’s important to know that sharing information on a non-public account does not ensure that it remains private, as Bloomberg reports.
How Social Media Can Affect Your Case
In one Florida case, a man who won a discrimination case and was to take home $80,000 in settlement funds lost his right to recover when his daughter decided to post about the settlement award on Facebook. Unfortunately, before the settlement was officially recorded in court, the man’s daughter posted on social media that the settlement would be funding her European summer vacation, along with some less-than-gracious comments directed at the defendant.
The defendant’s legal team was far from amused and sought to have the settlement revoked on the grounds of a breached confidentiality agreement. The court ultimately sided with the defense, leading to the plaintiff losing the right to recover.
This example illustrates the importance of having a trustworthy attorney by your side at all times during a case. The personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe work with clients through every phase of a claim—including post-trial or post-settlement matters. With our attorneys by your side, you will receive the guidance you need to ensure your legal interests are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Navigating a legal claim can be a daunting and stressful experience. Unfortunately, many clients are unaware of the impact their actions can have on their case, leading them to make statements or take other actions that end up harming their chances of success. Even seemingly innocent actions like sharing family vacation photos or discussing the case with friends can have negative consequences. With our guidance, however, you can learn how to take the necessary steps to ensure your attorney is able to secure the best possible outcome on your behalf.
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