Internet Privacy or Lack Thereof…How Does This affect Your Las Vegas Injury Case?
How private is your “private” Facebook when it comes to protecting your interests in a Las Vegas injury case? If you were involved in a car accident in Las Vegas and have hired a Las Vegas lawyer, your injury attorney has likely advised you to be very careful about what you post on your social media sites. This is because when it comes to the internet, there is no such thing as privacy and there can be very negative repercussions on your Las Vegas injury case due to your internet activity. According to Facebook’s law enforcement policy:
“We work with law enforcement where appropriate and to the extent required by law to ensure the safety of the people who use Facebook. We may disclose information pursuant to subpoenas, court orders, or other requests (including criminal and civil matters) if we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law. This may include respecting requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law under the local laws in that jurisdiction, apply to users from that jurisdiction, and are consistent with generally accepted international standards.
We may also share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to prevent fraud or other illegal activity, to prevent imminent bodily harm, or to protect ourselves and you from people violating our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, courts or other government entities.”
What this policy means is that the insurance adjuster or the opposing Las Vegas attorney can subpoena your Facebook activity, including things you thought you deleted. Your own posts or pictures can be misconstrued and used against you in front of the jury or arbitrator that is hearing your Las Vegas injury case and deciding what amount of compensation you will receive. The Las Vegas injury attorneys at Shumway Van & Hansen understand that you cannot stop your life due to a personal injury, and that it is important to try and maintain as much normalcy as possible after even a serious injury or car accident that has shaken your world. However, any Las Vegas injury lawyer should caution you to be careful and discreet about anything that could be used against you in an injury lawsuit after your Las Vegas car accident. If you have been injured in an accident, contact a Las Vegas injury attorney at Shumway Van & Hansen today for a free 30 minute consultation.
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