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Your South Carolina Injury Claim & Social Media Use (Part A)

More than 500 million people across the globe have an account on Facebook; chances are you may be one of them. Social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, are a great way to share your life with family and friends. Unfortunately, what you say on these sites can be used against you when filing a South Carolina injury claim.

If you have recently sustained injuries caused by the actions or negligence of another party, you should immediately contact a Charleston injury attorney at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm. Your attorney can begin investigating your South Carolina injury claim and give you advice on how to use social media websites during this critical time.

Social Media as Court Evidence

You may have heard of divorce attorneys using Facebook messages to help their clients' cases. This is becoming increasing common in South Carolina injury claims
. Even privacy settings on the social media site may not protect you. In fact, a New York State Supreme Court recently ruled that a plaintiff in a personal injury case must give the defendant access to her Facebook and MySpace accounts, including any deleted information.

The goal of filing a South Carolina injury claim is to recover damages for your injuries. This compensation takes into account your medical expenses (both past and future), loss of income, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life. While medical expenses and lost wages can be proven through medical bills and paystubs, proving pain and suffering and diminished quality of life is not as easily quantifiable.

By claiming pain and suffering or diminished quality of life, your Charleston injury attorney must help you prove that your life has been impacted in a negative way because of the action (or inaction) of the responsible party. However, if you post pictures of a party with your family or a recent vacation on social media sites, the defense may argue that you are exaggerating about the extent of your injuries and say that your life has not been affected in any way.

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