Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 14, 2012
It is common knowledge that, when involved in a lawsuit or a legal dispute, it is generally best to keep certain aspects of the case private. Plaintiffs are typically advised only to discuss the details of the case with their attorney, for example, and never to make mention of the case in a public forum. This advice may have a new kind of application in the Digital Age, however. According to a new report, personal injury plaintiffs are strongly advised to avoid talking about the details of their case on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. This advice is seconded by the law firm of Montlick & Associates, which has issued a new press statement on the subject.
The Georgia-based Montlick & Associates reviews the latest developments in social media and the law with regularity. The firm has issued a statement expressing their agreement with the advice expressed in the new report. According to the firm, discretion is ultimately in the best interest of plaintiffs. “Insurance companies and investigators are searching social network sites looking for information to help build a defense or reduce potential damage claims,” says the Montlick & Associates statement. “The tendency of plaintiffs to provide constant details about their daily activities on social network sites, including photos, is starting to have a negative impact on civil litigation where people have suffered injuries due to the negligence of another person.”
The statement follows its words of caution with a few words of advice. “At Montlick & Associates, we advise all potential or existing accident clients to avoid posting, discussing or commenting about anything regarding their accident,” the statement says.
Montlick & Associates concludes its statement with a final word of warning. “Any post or update, whether made visible publicly or not, on social media websites, including photos, can be used against you. And insurance companies, as well as their defense lawyers, are increasingly looking to social media for evidence and information that can minimize and even eliminate liability for a claim.”
The advice offered by Montlick & Associates is affirmed in the new report, which says that, in this digital era, many defense attorneys will check a plaintiff’s social media accounts before even consulting with more traditional forms of evidence, like surveillance video footage. Any comments or photos, which might indicate that the injuries sustained are less serious than claimed, can ultimately be used against the plaintiff, the report concludes.
Montlick & Associates provides a free consultation with an attorney, and pursues legal cases in all types of cases involving personal injuries, including: car accidents, auto accidents, truck accidents, drunk driving, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, SUV accidents, bus accidents, workers compensation, job injuries, brain and head injuries, falls, premises liability, nursing home abuse, social security disability, products liability, medical malpractice and animal bites.
At Montlick & Associates we provide a free consultation with an attorney, and you can call us 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED or use our Free 24/7 online chat at http://www.montlick.com.