There are major privacy concerns today as the world goes digital. Some parents have been warned that certain dolls could get used by hackers, without the parents knowing it. A different warning has pertained to social media accounts. Personal injury lawyers in Lindsay have made note of that second warning.
The creation of such accounts gave certain defense lawyers the ability to get hold of a real treasure. That treasure consisted of pictures that had been posted by users of a given social median network. Each such picture could provide an injury lawyer for an “at-fault” driver with valuable evidence.
The significance of evidence during the course of a personal injury lawsuit
If the victim of a motor vehicle accident hopes to gain fair compensation for the suffered injuries and damages, then that same person has to collect the relevant evidence. Anything that could be used to prove the victim’s/plaintiff’s inability to perform daily tasks with ease could provide that same plaintiff’s lawyer with a useful tool. It could be used to strengthen the same lawyer’s case.
As is true with all cases tried before a judge, a lawsuit reveals the thinking of two sides. On one side is the injured victim; on the other side stands the person who is accused of causing a given accident. The lawyer representing that opposing party would like to counter the suggestion made by one or more pieces of evidence. Today a defense lawyer tries to counter those suggestions by using a plaintiff’s/victim’s social media accounts.
How entries on social media can prove especially damaging
Good lawyers will tell their clients not to exaggerate their symptoms. Of course, not every client heeds such advice. Their failure to do so then increases the extent to which posted content on a social media network could prove damaging.
Strategies that prove useless against the tactics used by defense lawyers
A plaintiff cannot expect utilization of privacy settings to foil the defense lawyers. Courts have been known to admit as evidence those things that have been hidden behind a privacy wall. By the same token, a victim’s legal counsel should never tell that same client to shut down an account and remove all the posted photos. A judge would insist that such an act represented a desire to spoil the evidence.
Because those two possible strategies have been tried, and have failed to achieve the desired results, there remains only one logical and legal solution. The victim of a motor vehicle accident must resist any temptation to post even a couple pictures on his or her chosen social media network. In that way, the defense lawyer can be deprived of the chance to counter the argument presented in the form of a photograph. Once that member of the legal profession has been deprived of that specific opportunity, the lawyer’s planned strategy has to be altered, or abandoned completely.