HOW A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM WORKS
There are many steps involved in a personal injury claim and there are strict time lines that must be adhered to otherwise you may loose your right to recover damages. The following is a basic outline of the way a claim would proceed.
1. Initial Meeting
Meet with a lawyer to discuss your accident, your injuries, and their impact on your life. Assuming you are not at fault for the accident, you may proceed with a claim against the at fault driver. Investigation will begin to gather all of the necessary evidence to advance your claim, including the police report, medical records and employment information.
In Canada, as across most of the world, people love their social media. According to the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University, in 2017, approximately 94% of online Canadians are on at least one social platform (1) and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority reports that approximately 61% percent of Canadian's engage on social media every single day. (2)
Almost as dramatic as the growth that social media has seen over recent years is the changing ways that the average Canadian interacts with their social media accounts. Gone are the days of using social media for only posting pictures of your dog and your dinner (...well almost gone). Social media has now become one of the primary providers and drivers of our societal values, news, and culture. With four out of five Canadians reporting that they're keeping up to date with current events through social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. (3)
However, there is one major use of social media that most individuals are not aware of, the potential that your posts could be used against you in the litigation process.