Florida Slip and Fall Lawyers
Were you injured on someone else’s property due to a slipping or tripping hazard? You may be entitled to monetary damages for any healthcare bills, lost income, and other costs you have incurred, as well as pain and suffering and other non-economic damages. Our Florida slip and fall lawyers can evaluate the facts surrounding the accident in a free consultation and help you plot the way forward.
If we don’t win your case, you won’t owe any attorneys’ fees. To speak with a member of our team, contact our office at (954) 880-9500.
Can I Use Social Media While My Premises Liability Claim Is Pending?
In the aftermath of an accident, it’s natural to feel anxious, confused, and overwhelmed. Unsurprisingly, many claimants turn to social media seeking support and advice.
While connecting with friends and family online can provide immediate relief, it could also compromise your case. Insurance adjusters and opposing parties may be monitoring your social media feeds for any evidence that could be used to challenge your claim. For this reason, it is best to disable your accounts until your case is resolved. If that is not an option, you should set your accounts to private, abstain from posting or commenting, tell friends and family not to tag you in any posts, and decline any new connection requests.
Here are a few ways your online activity could harm your case.
- Disputes over Liability: To win a premises liability case, you will have to prove the other party or parties were liable for the accident that caused your injuries. If you post about your fall online and inadvertently admit fault, you may give the defense ammunition to challenge your claim.
- Disputes over Causation: To recover damages, you will also have to tie your injuries or condition to the accident. If your social media posts reveal that you had a preexisting condition, the insurance company may assert that you are trying to claim compensation for an injury that was not caused by the slip and fall, which could lead to a reduced financial award.
- Disputes over Injury Severity: Besides medical bills, lost wages, and other economic damages, you may also be able to seek compensation for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Such damages can be difficult to quantify without the help of a slip and fall attorney. Our lawyers can help you compile the evidence needed to prove non-economic damages, but it is important that you take steps to strengthen your claim for these damages. For example, you should not post anything on social media that indicates you are not severely hurt, such as a photo of you spending time with friends or partaking in a physical activity.
- Disputes over Failure to Mitigate Damages: In a personal injury case, the claimant has a duty to take reasonable steps to mitigate damages. Simply put, you should never do anything that aggravates your condition or impedes your recovery. It’s common for insurance adjusters to search for evidence that suggests a claimant did not follow their doctor’s instructions. For instance, if you post photos of yourself participating in physical activity but your healthcare provider ordered you to rest, this evidence could be used to reduce your financial award.
Call (954) 880-9500 to Speak with a Florida Slip and Fall Attorney
Our lawyers are well-versed in the case law and statutes that govern slip and fall claims in Florida. For a free case review, send us a message or dial (954) 880-9500.