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How Social Media Can Affect The Outcome Of Your Wrongful Death Case

February 5, 2024
By Rhine Law Firm, P.C.

Social media posts can significantly impact the outcome of a wrongful death case (or any case!) because public posts, photographs, or private messages can be subpoenaed and scrutinized for details relevant to the case. Because of this, a wrongful death attorney from Rhine Law Firm will  caution you against posting on social media while your case is ongoing. Our clients’ best interests are at the forefront of everything we do.

You can expect us to give you the personal attention you deserve. If you are concerned about the effect of social media on your wrongful death case, let us help you today. Schedule a free consultation. 

The Potential Impacts of Social Media

Not all social media posts will negatively impact cases. However, it is wise not to discuss your case online for the following reasons:

Evidence for the Defense

Social media posts can be used as evidence in a wrongful death case, especially if they contain information that contradicts your claims. For example, your post about your loved one’s death and his contributions as a husband or father could be perceived in a negative light and weaken your case.

Character Assassination

Defense attorneys may use social media posts to discredit your character. They could twist your words or use old photos out of context. This could significantly impact the jury’s perception of you and ultimately affect the outcome of your case.

Violation of Confidentiality

In some cases, discussing details of the case on social media can violate confidentiality agreements. Your attorney will advise you on what information is safe to share and what should remain confidential.

Best Practices for Using Social Media During a Wrongful Death Case

Avoiding social media while the case is ongoing is best. Here are some best practices to keep in mind during your wrongful death case:

  • Avoid discussing or posting about your case on any social media platform.
  • Be mindful of the information you share, even in private messages.
  • Restrict access to only close friends and family, but remember that privacy settings are no guarantee.
  • Avoid accepting new requests during the case. They could be working on behalf of the insurance company.
  • Get the rest of the family on board by locking down their social media profiles and not posting about the case.

Finally, if you use social media for work or other purposes, notify your attorney and get their advice on what is safe.

How Experienced Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help

After losing a loved one, you might naturally feel drawn to social media to connect with your support network. However, what you post can be weaponized and adversely affect the outcome of your wrongful death case. At Rhine Law Firm, our compassionate team of personal injury attorneys can be your strongest allies during this challenging time.

We are determined to provide our clients with experienced, intelligent representation that gets real results. Contact us for a free consultation. We’re happy to answer your questions. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees.

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