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More and more often, people involved in personal injury cases are being asked to provide information from their social media accounts. Other claimants are finding that, if the privacy settings permit the public to access certain information, the defense already has photographs, comments, blogs, and other information that they will use to undermine a person’s credibility and/or claim for damages from injuries—all obtained without their permission or knowledge.
Wisconsin Association for Justice President Ann S. Jacobs has an interesting post on the WAJ website titled “When Social Media and the Law Collide,” which highlights some of the perils of social media postings and offers some ideas for preventing unfair use of information by the defense.