Facebook posts could scupper my inury claim – UNLIKE!
I have a claim for personal injury – a broken tibia and fibula – going ahead with my insurance company’s solicitors. The claim was going as I expected until last week, when my solicitors told me that the other side is now formally accusing me of lying. They say they have some of my Facebook posts which show that I’ve been exaggerating my injuries, which I haven’t, and now they’re not going to pay me anything. My solicitor said she hasn’t come across this before and is looking into it. What should I do? Anonymous, email The language used by the Defendant suggests that they are accusing you of being ‘fundamentally dishonest’. This is a relatively new concept and so far there is no formal definition of fundamental dishonesty in law, but there are instances where claims have failed because people have been found to have been fundamentally dishonest in exaggerating only one aspect of their claim.
It’s now routine for Defendant Insurers to look through claimants’ social media accounts. This can cause problems because most people post only good things rather than constantly saying how miserable life is after being injured. This in turn can make it look like you’re exaggerating your claim.
Your solicitor will need to treat this allegation with the utmost importance and should be able to advise you further once they have cross-referenced the Facebook posts with your pleaded claim.
‘It’s now routine for insurers to look through claimant’s social media’