If you would avoid saying something in a court of law, avoid posting it on social media. Following this simple rule could do more than potentially save you from embarrassing moments in a legal case — it could play a role in the decision of a California injury court.
We understand you are probably used to spirited exercises of your rights to free speech on social media. Nevertheless, it is probably wise to exercise restraint. Here are some of the tips we often share with our clients at Kampf, Schiavone & Associates.
Do not rise to any challenge. Simply abstain from online discourse. This may seem like backing down, but you are not backing down from a conflict if you are pursuing a formal legal claim. We understand that a defamatory post or speculation about you online may hurt your pride. On the other hand, taking the high road and avoiding the discussion could strengthen your case.
Think about your priorities. What is worth most to you, and why are you in court in the first place? Is it to prove everybody wrong, or is it to secure the funds you need to put your life back together after a catastrophic injury? Take one thing at a time. Once you win your case and have the resources you need, then you can focus on influencing the hearts and minds of your detractors.
Stay focused. While it is likely a combination of seeking justice and seeking repayment that brought you to the California courts, remember that the best way to achieve both is probably to pursue your conflict through legal channels, not through social media. Focus on the efforts that could lead to the results you need and avoid unnecessary arguments.
Nothing you post social media would be likely to help you. Initiating, engaging in or commenting on any discussion related to the parties to or material situation of your case are all especially risky actions. Please read on for more information.