Don’t Be Shocked If You’re Monitored After Making an Orlando Personal Injury Claim
When you bring a claim against a negligent party in Orlando, you should be aware that their insurance company or attorney may be monitoring you and your actions. This is especially a popular option when you are alleging serious injuries and/or have received a recommendation for surgery. The insurance company is going to defend their insured and try to keep the payout as low as possible.
If you tell someone that you feel like you’re being watched, they will respond that you are just paranoid. However, when you make a claim for compensation, you may not be that paranoid after all. This is one of the reasons it’s important to work with a skilled Orlando personal injury attorney, as he or she will warn you on what to watch out for.
Monitoring Your Daily Activities
If you claim you are bed ridden and need surgery, the insurance company may hire a private investigator to track your daily activities. If you’re suddenly out of the house going to a doctor’s appointment and stop by your favorite coffee shop to pick something up before going back home, it’s a guarantee they will try to use that against you. If you claim your injuries keep you from working out and they catch you going to the gym, even if it’s just to temporarily cancel your membership, they might snap a photo of you walking in.
Monitoring Your Social Media
Social media is one of the first places the other side will look when you present a claim for injuries. Your Orlando personal injury attorney will recommend that you take a break from social media, or at least closely monitor what you post. Don’t post photos of your accident and then comment that you didn’t even see the person coming.
Also, watch the photos you post. If you are bedridden but you post a photo of yourself from two months ago on Instagram, they will use that against you. It will be up to you to prove when the photo was actually taken. Or, maybe you are using a walker or wheelchair and you take a family photo at an event. Perhaps it took three people to help you stand for that photo, but the jury isn’t going to see the backstory or know how difficult it was for you to stand up.
Also watch for photos and posts you are tagged in. Your well-meaning friends may be on an uploading spree adding photos to their Facebook albums that are from previous events and activities. Again, a jury won’t know that. They will see the upload date of the photo and that you are tagged in it and assume you were physically mobile. Again, it would be up to you to prove the photos are from an earlier date.
The best thing with social media is to lock down your accounts. And, don’t assume that just because everything is on private you can still post and say stuff about the accident. Some savvy adjusters will contact your friends and try to get them to share what is being said online. Make sure you have your settings to not show any photos people tag you in. Refrain from talking about the accident at all online.
Contact an Orlando Personal Injury Attorney
If you were injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact the Orlando personal injury attorneys at the Payer Law as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation.