Can a social media post jeopardize a personal injury case?

Daytona Beach, FL—Social media posts could potentially jeopardize the outcome of a personal injury case which is why most lawyers recommend avoiding the temptation of posting until after the case has been settled. Although a simple comment or photo might not seem harmful, especially to someone who is looking to distract themselves from the pain and mental anguish they might be suffering as a result of their accident, other parties may look at this in an entirely different way. In fact, other parties like insurance companies may look at a victim’s social media page to see if they can identify anything that could be used to minimize the value of their claim.

To further reflect on why social medical posts could harm a personal injury case, below are a few examples of what one post could potentially do.


  1. The victim posts a photo shortly after the accident of them having a nice day out.

While there is nothing wrong with an accident victim getting out for some fresh air and partaking in activities that aim to help them get their life back on track, insurers and even lawyers hired to represent the at-fault party might use this to show the victim isn’t actually suffering as much as they claim.


  1. The victim posts a photo or comments on a lavish purchase they made.

When an individual hires a personal injury lawyer after an accident, it is usually because they are seeking compensation for various damages including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Property damage


If a victim is able to go out and spend frivolously, then do they really need the compensation they are requesting the at-fault party provide them with? While it is understandable that an accident victim might purchase something they want rather than need, it shouldn’t be broadcasted on social media as the other party involved could use this to prove they aren’t strapped for money and should be able to afford some of the expenses they incurred.


Everyone makes mistakes, but Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers can help prevent their clients from making those that could harm the outcome of their case.


One of the advantages of hiring a Daytona Beach, FL personal injury attorney after an accident is they are going to help a victim avoid making some of the most common mistake other accident victims make. From helping a victim understand what they should and should not say to the insurer to explaining what should and should not be posted on social media, a lawyer will take the time to prep their client so they don’t do anything that could jeopardize their chances of obtaining a fair outcome in their case.

With that said, if an individual was recently involved in an accident in Daytona Beach, FL, whether it was a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall incident, and they want to ensure they don’t make any mistakes that could interfere with their ability to recover compensation, they can contact Pappas and Russell, P.A.  

Pappas and Russell, P.A. is a personal injury law firm located in Daytona Beach that provides legal assistance with various types of incidents including motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and even medical malpractice cases.


Pappas and Russell, P.A. is located at:


213 Silver Beach Avenue

Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Phone: 386-254-2941