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Can my claim be compromised by participating on social networking accounts like FaceBook or MySpace?

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If you belong to a public social networking account such as FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, Google Buzz, etc., you should close that account until your case is resolved.

If you cannot do so, please be aware that whatever you write or post, or have written or posted, may fall into the hands of the insurance company defending your claim. Most insurance companies are obtaining this information and usually without your knowledge or permission. If you have such a site, you should immediately verify that all your settings are on PRIVATE (the highest setting possible) and nothing is public. Even at the highest privacy settings, you should not post anything that you would not want to be public. Do not allow anyone to become your "friend" on any of these accounts unless you absolutely know that person.

Insurance companies get access to these accounts and sites and then use that information to claim that the person's injuries were exaggerated or even caused by something other than the incident that is the basis of your claim. Insurance companies have successfully used such information; even posts that were considered innocent, harmless joking between private "Friends," to convince a judge and juries that plaintiffs have been dishonest. Please always be aware that whatever you post can be used against you in litigation.