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Erie Lawyers Emphasize That Social Networking Will Be Revealed In Injury Cases

December 4, 2010, ERIE, PA — You may think that your facebook posts are just between you and your friends. After all, your public profile is just your picture and your name. You don’t let anyone who’s not a friend see your posts. But if you’re in a personal injury lawsuit, the Court can make you divulge your username and password so that the insurance company and their lawyer can see everything you’ve posted.

We’ve warned readers in our article, “Social Networking and Personal Injury: Honesty Isn’t Enough ” and in blog posts that there are hidden hazards associated with sites like facebook and twitter. Now, a recent Jefferson County decision provides more evidence that Courts are using their power to reveal the most confidential information that people post on-line. In McMillen v. Hummingbird Speedway, Inc., Judge Foradora of Jefferson County ordered a personal injury plaintiff to turn over his facebook and MySpace usernames and passwords so that the insurance company and their lawyer could obtain access to all of the plaintiff’s posts.

Interestingly, the Court in McMillen was partly persuaded by some of the public posts that were available on the plaintiff’s website, which revealed comments that, the Court stated, revealed that plaintiff may have been exaggerating his injuries.

For more information on our advice about social networking, read our article where we offer 5 tips about social networking and personal injury cases.

The Erie lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. are committed to providing free information to the public about safety information, injuries and the cases that result from them. For more information, try our articles library where we offer free information on Pennsylvania personal injury cases of all sorts, including car accidents , commercial truck accidents , motorcycle accidents , medical malpractice injuries, dog bite injuries, slip and falls and other injury cases .

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