Helping Your Personal Injury Case

Ohio attorney Ryan Harrell explains ways you can help your personal injury case after you’ve hired an attorney.

You’ve hired a personal injury attorney, who is handling your car accident case. They have begun the process of seeking recovery for your injuries. What do you do now?

With an attorney, paralegals, and other legal staff members handing the details of your case, you may feel that you are unable to help your case along in any way. That is simply untrue. You have the power to do quite a few things that help keep your case on track.

One of the most important (and probably hardest) things to do is to refrain from talking about your accident case. Human beings are social by nature and as such, we enjoy chatting about our lives. However, discussing the details of your case with friends, and especially posting information about your case on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, would be a detriment to your case.

This is also a good rule when you’re sent correspondence regarding your case. Any type of documents concerning your case you should be kept private — between you and your legal team. Immediately forward all written communication to your attorney for review. It is also import not to answer any questions about your case.

Another great way to improve your accident case is keeping your attorney completely involved with how you’re doing. This includes changes in your insurance, your employment status and any financial issues, such as bankruptcy. Small changes in your status may lead to developments with your personal injury case. It may open your case up to new claims and the potential to more recovery for your injuries.

If you are unsure how to handle any situation that may affect your case, seek the advice of your attorney. An experienced personal injury lawyer will have the knowledge and understanding required to help your case be as successful as possible.

To learn more about personal injury law, I encourage you to watch the video above and to explore our educational website at www.elkandelk.com. If you have legal questions, please call us at 1-800-ELK-OHIO. I welcome your call.

Ryan M. Harrell

How Social Media Can Affect Your Personal Injury Case


 

With sites like Facebook and Twitter, social media has changed how we document our lives and share them with the world.

But you should also be aware that while you’re sharing your adventures and experiences with others, it can also show the truth.

Such is the case for one client we had who was injured by a drunk driver. We brought her case to the other party’s insurance company and they denied our claim. Why? Because the other passenger swore she was not drunk. So they stalled on us until the criminal court could make a decision regarding the incident. But that’s not enough for us. Our client was suffering because the other party lied and we can’t just wait on a case with people hurting.

During investigation of the accident and into the other party, it was found that she had placed multiple messages on Facebook referring to the accident. Her first message was the night before in which she stated she was going for “beer and brats” with her friends. And the very next day (after the accident) she went onto Facebook asking all friends and family to pray her because she did something terrible to someone else.

We presented this evidence to her insurance company which obviously understood she was lying and paid out our claim. Our client was actually awarded the full amount of compensation. This is what we mean when we say we’ll fight for you. We don’t let other parties stall with tactics and excuses. We look for other ways to prove our case and get the job handled.

To learn more about personal injury law, I encourage you to watch the video above and to explore our educational website at http://www.elkandelk.com. If you have legal questions, please call us at 1-800-ELK-OHIO. I welcome your call.

– David Elk

Ohio Employment Claims Lawyers: Illinois becomes 2nd state blocking employers from asking for social media logins

State lawmakers and the federal government are taking steps to stop employers from improperly snooping in employees’ and potential employees’ social media accounts. The employment claims lawyers of Elk & Elk believe laws must be in place to protect individuals’ privacy.

Earlier this week, Illinois became the second state to pass a law that makes it illegal for employers to ask job applicants for passwords to their online profiles.

Some companies and government agencies have started asking for passwords to log in to prospective employees’ accounts on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Many have criticized the practice as a serious invasion of privacy.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where several students claimed that their bosses’ online snooping had caused them to lose out on jobs or forced them to deactivate their profiles.

Quinn said that it was important that the law keep up with technology. “We’re dealing with 21st-century issues … Privacy is a fundamental right. I believe that and I think we need to fight for that,” Quinn said.

Rep. La Shawn Ford, sponsor of the bill, said, that penalties in any successful civil suit would start at between $100 and $300 but would likely end up costing employers much more.

Maryland is the only other state with a similar law, but several other states are considering bans, including Washington, Delaware and New Jersey.

The Illinois law protects both current and prospective employees. However, the law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013, does not stop bosses from viewing information that isn’t restricted by privacy settings on the social media site.

Some research shows that as many as 75 percent of employers look at an applicant’s online profile before offering them a job. One-third of employers have turned down applicants based on what was found in those searches.

Employers asking employees or potential employees for their social media passwords is a gross invasion of privacy. While an employer has the right to vet any potential employees, there has to be a line maintained between what is public and what is private. There are limits about what questions an interviewer may ask an applicant. Is there any reason similar limits shouldn’t exist in cyberspace?

But no matter what the law may say about your privacy, it is always smart to be cautious about what you post on social media sites. You never know who may end up seeing it. Be smart and make good choices.