In the age of social media, we find ourselves sharing a lot of our information online. I have personally seen individuals in my circles posting images and information on social media following say, a car collision, or some other type of injury due to a third party. So, the question is what should you be posting to social media after your injury?
The point of this Maryland medical malpractice educational article is to help you understand the pitfalls which can lie ahead when posting your injury to social media in the context of a personal injury or medical malpractice law suit.
WHAT IS A DEPOSITION?
When you file a law suit against a defendant for causing your injury, you put certain parts of your life out for the public to see. In addition, the filing of a civil lawsuit in Maryland triggers certain things. For example, in the personal injury front, the defendant will have an opportunity to depose you and your experts, if experts are used.
A deposition is a question and answer session in which both sides can narrow in on the issues and discover information to help their case. While in the deposition, the attorney for the defense will be able to ask you questions. In a personal injury case, questions will more than likely be asked about your injury. In other words, you will be able to explain what hurts and where. Because depositions are court proceedings, everything that you say will be taken down and a record generated.
POSTING TO SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER YOUR INJURY…
So now to the question, posting to social medial after your injury, about your injury, should you do this? In my opinion, I do not think that you should post anything about your injury, or your case for that matter, on social media following your injury. My reasoning is that the defense will be looking for anything that they can find to contradict your story of events surrounding the injury, or even whether you are injured for that matter.
If you remember, above I explained how once you file a personal injury law suit parts of your life are up for review. Posts on social media which contradict your law suit position will be used against you more than likely. For example, let us say that you are complaining about back pain in your law suit. When your deposition is taken you explain how you are limited regarding your mobility and similar issues. With that said, let us say you have a post on your social media feed showing you not exhibiting any of the issues you mention in your deposition or any of your other court papers. You should be able to see how the defense will portray your situation. They will come out in full force that you are either not injured, or not injured as much as you report.
HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED BY A DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL?
Hopefully after reading this article, and corresponding educational video, you can see why posting to social media after your injury, about your injury may not be a good idea. To speak with me regarding an injury that you have suffered at the hands of a doctor or hospital this is what I invite you to do.
Pick up the phone and give me a call. I can be reached at 301-850-4832. I answer Maryland birth injury and medical malpractice questions just like yours all the time and I will be happy to listen to your story.
Marcus B. Boston, Esq.
Boston Law Group, LLC
2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
1-833-4 BABY HELP