When you’re involved in a personal injury lawsuit, the insurance company won’t pull any punches. Remember, their job is to pay you as little as possible for your injuries. To do that, they may try to prove your injuries are less significant than they actually are—and the way they do that might surprise you.

Consider this scenario. You were injured in a car accident on I-35 and have spent the last couple months recovering. You attend physical therapy sessions twice a week and check in with your doctor frequently. You’ve come a long way down an extremely painful road and are starting to feel a little bit better. To celebrate, you go out with friends and post pictures to Facebook afterward. Innocent enough, right?


The insurance company has teams of investigators trolling your social media feeds, looking for evidence they can use against you in court. They might use that picture of you smiling with friends to prove that you’re not really injured and therefore are entitled to nothing. It sounds ridiculous considering all you’ve been through, but unfortunately, it works.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to beat them at their own game: don’t post to social media. If they have nothing on social media to troll, there’s nothing they can use against you in court. This can be a tough pill to swallow, especially if you are active on social media. However, a short break from social media may help strengthen your case.