December 21, 2021
In today’s age, many people participate in social media. These may include, but is not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Skype, My Space, Tumbler, Reddit, Vine, Four Square, Tik Tok, Instagram, Google Plus, Snap Fish, Flicker, Snap Chat, Pinterest, Shutterfly, and WhatsApp. Additionally, many people write or participate in blogs or vlogs. Social media, while a means of communication and entertainment may prove to be detrimental if you become involved in litigation. Photographs, videos, statements, comments, likes or other postings are routinely searched for, found, and then misconstrued by the defense in litigation as well as by the jury that may decide a patient’s case. Even though such social networking accounts may have security protection or be password protected, social network information can be and is routinely found by defense counsel regardless of how the user may try to protect it. Information found in these types of accounts may also be subject to the discovery requests from defendants, in which case, the court may order that your social media accounts will have to be disclosed and the contents subject to review and possibly introduced to a judge and/or jury. Additionally, in the event that a malpractice case goes to trial, despite being directed not to do so by the judge, the jurors in your case may search out the parties on the internet and look at your social media accounts that they can access.