Almost everyone has a Facebook, MySpace (OK, not MySpace), YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Skype, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine, or Google Plus account. While I certainly expect that my clients will not exaggerate the extent of their injuries when they come to me, if they do they can be certain that the World Wide Web is watching.
All clients, not just personal injury victims, need to be aware that whatever you write, post or tag, or whatever you have already written, posted or tagged, will be fair game. If you are claiming a back injury but then post an awesome picture of you waterskiing, I can tell you what Exhibit A will be. If you claim an accident has made you depressed, but you constantly post pictures smiling with friends, I can tell you what composite Exhibit B will be.
Again, I want to stress that the most important part of your case is being truthful regarding your injuries, and this little reminder should not be misconstrued as condoning exaggerated claims as long as you don’t get caught. Clients should be aware, however, that the best private investigators may not be staking out your house – they may be in your house, on your desk, or in the palm of your hand, recording your every move and broadcasting it out to the rest of the cyber-addicted world. So check yourself before checking in.