Internet Social Sites Show Up in Court
Next time you have the urge to post something on one of the Internet social sites, think again before you do it. Sites such as Facebook, My Space and a host of others are gaining attention from judges and attorneys as a place to view evidence and search for self-incrimination. Pictures, stories or blogs are all sources for problems in the courtroom. Take the example of Joshua Lipton, a Rhode Island student charged with DUI and causing an accident that severely injured a woman. The prosecutor found Facebook photos from a Halloween party two weeks after the accident with Lipton dressed in a mock prison suit and a sign saying, “Jail Bird.” The judge took the photos into account as he sentenced Lipton to 2 years in prison.
The best judgment is to understand that if something is posted on the Internet, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to remove it entirely. Never post any questionable content. The content posted on the Internet is public and usable in virtually every type of case (criminal, family law, workers’ compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice). Please contact us if we can assist with a legal matter.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)