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How Can Social Networking Affect My Case?

Filled under Accident, Bache & Lynch, Facebook on October 17, 2011 - no comments.

Most people today are on at least one social networking site or more.  And it’s a safe bet that one of you clients is as well.  Social media users often post information about their daily activities; this could potentially be a problem if their activities are inconsistent with the injuries they claim and it could dramatically reduce the value of their case.  Even if your client has their Facebook profile set on the highest privacy settings, Facebook may still legally disclose information.  Here is what one portion of Facebook’s privacy policy states in response to legal requests: “We share your information with third parties when we believe the sharing is permitted by you, reasonably necessary to offer our services, or when legally required to do so.”   This day and age don’t be taken by surprise when defense counsel asks about your client’s use of social media.  To err on the side of caution, lawyers should advise clients to refrain from posting any information about their cases on any website. 

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