It’s all too easy to confuse real life with online life, especially when we’re going through life events where we seek support from friends. Monica Needham, Attorney with Needham Law Firm, posted a very valuable reminder to anyone who may find themselves in court one day. When I saw it, I felt that it served as a great reminder of those things that we should think twice about before posting. I immediately contacted her and asked if I could share her post with Small Business Breakthrough’s followers. The following was Needham Law Firm’s Facebook post on November 4, 2015:
Medical Malpractice and Litigation – Use Good Judgment When You Are On-Line
Reprinted with Permission from Monica Needham of Needham Law Firm
Every time we turn on our phones and other devices, we usually have to take a few minutes to check one of our social media websites. Social media is taking over many people’s lives, and many of them do not think twice about what they post on a social networking website.
Some people post too much information about what is going on in their lives. You may think it will not be a big deal if you post that you are involved in a medical malpractice claim or litigation, but if you do share any details about the claim you can negatively impact what happens in the case.
Social media networking sites are public, and any person can gain access to the information that is posted. There have been plenty of conversations about what information can be used in court. If you post anything to social media on your public profile, you are basically leaving information for the world to see. Anyone who is going through a social media case cannot expect that post or that photo to be ignored during a case.
Clients should be extremely careful with social media, before, during, and after a medical procedure. You may post a status, photo, or video that is going against the advice you were given by your doctor.
If you feel that you cannot control yourself on social media and that you may post something accidentally, you can adjust your privacy settings on all of the social media websites. One of the best things you can do is to stay away from social media if you are involved in a medical malpractice case.
Clients Should Avoid The Following:
- Accepting every friend request you receive. If you do not recognize a person who has sent you a friend request, it could be someone trying to gain access to everything you post.
- Posting anything related to the lawsuit.
- Making yourself look guilty by deleting photos or statuses. If you have posted anything that you think is negative, you should make the attorney aware of this. If you just delete it without notifying your attorney, it could do more harm than good.
We understand that people love using social media, but we want to help you make sure that you do not post anything that could harm your case. Contact Needham Law Firm today for a consultation.