By Victoria Schneider of The Cooper Firm posted in Social Media on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.

The Internet gives us access to much information. With social networking we can see what people are doing and sometimes even where they are located at an exact moment. Although this ability to see into people’s lives may be useful, it can also be very dangerous. Not only can someone see the good things that someone is involved in, but they can also see the negative things.

There are websites now created solely for the purpose of posting peoples mug shots after they have been arrested. There are also websites where you can see the location of sex offenders in your area. Just as you may use this resource, others will use social media to find out information about you. Posting anything on the internet can be permanent and damaging, so be very cautious of what you decide to post online.

If you choose pursue a claim, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Insurance companies may use information posted on the internet to harm your legitimate claim.

Here are ten ways that may guarantee your claim is ruined from using social media:

  1. Posting pictures of you dancing at a party after your injury.
  2. Sharing how you had a blast running a 5k when your damages include an injured leg.
  3. Being tagged in pictures that show you doing something illegal.
  4. Writing on your friend’s wall how about excited you are to go on a cruise now that you will have money from all your damages.
  5. “Checking in” at La Fitness on Facebook when you are supposedly bedridden.
  6. Posting before and after pictures of your accident on Facebook before you have talked to your lawyer.
  7. Accepting a friend request from an Insurance Adjuster.
  8. Posting a “selfie” on Instagram that shows your bruises and cast being off for a while.
  9. Writing a detailed blog about your accident before seeking an attorney.
  10. Tweeting about how you loved going skiing during your recovery period.

Although some of the comments listed are humorous, there can be devastating consequences to your claim even if what you were to post or write seems harmless. A simple rule to follow is ALWAYS speak with an attorney before using social media if you are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a claim.