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Keep Accident Details off Social Media, Attorney Says

Brookfield's Jonathan Groth says investigators and attorneys for insurance companies look to use those statements to their advantage.

Facebook is a fantastic place to share photos of the kids or insights about the latest flick. 

It also seems like a great place to keep family and friends updated on the healing process after an auto or occupational accident. 

But according to a Brookfield lawyer, Facebook and other social media platforms are home to investigators, lawyers and insurance companies who are gathering kernels of information in order to defend their clients. 

"There is no reason to put (your) injuries online because … words can have different meanings," said attorney Jonathan Groth of the Groth Law Firm in Brookfield. 

"Words can be used for however the person who is reading wants to use them …If it's going to help the insurance company, they are going to use it to their advantage," he said.

Groth, who specializes in representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases, recommends not to discussing online accidents that may eventually involve a settlement or litigation.  

According to Groth, insurance defense attorneys will start surfing the Web as soon as they get a new case or a new claim. 

"The best thing to say is nothing at all really," he said. "I recommend not going onto Facebook and not posting immediately afterwards and certainly thinking before you do that kind of stuff. You can post about the kids getting great Christmas presents but don't post about how you are feeling after a collision," he added.  

Two attorneys and three staffers work at Groth's law firm, located at 13035 West Bluemound Road. Because it is small, the firm is able to focus on each individual client and give them the necessary attention, Groth said. 

"We can really care for and help people who are suffering and having problems because of a collision, a fall or nursing home neglect or whatever it is," he said. 
Groth said he is both an attorney and a counselor, who helps clients navigate through the health care and legal system after suffering injuries due to an accident. 

"It's odd to say this because I hate to prop up my competitors, but I do the same thing as the big guys who advertise on TV do," he said. "I hope, however, I do it differently and with more of an interest in the client's well-being." 

In addition to spending time litigating cases, he is on the phone with bill collectors,  insurance companies and doctors on behalf of his clients. 

"I am the person that they come to so they can worry about getting better," he said. 

Groth, has been practicing law in Brookfield for more than a year, graduated from Marquette Law School in 2000. 

"I wanted to be a jazz musician when I grew up but that did not work out so I went to law school instead," Groth said. 

Kymeshia Morris January 25, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Great advice. I know some people that believe that the information they post to their social profiles can be made inaccessible with the correct privacy settings. However, opposing counsel can still get their hands on "private" social information.
Jake Ostler March 15, 2013 at 05:33 PM
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Boyd Garth May 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM
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Jameel Johnson August 02, 2013 at 10:53 AM
I wish some things could just stay personal. I remember talking to some lawyers in St. John's about social medias ability to be used as evidence. http://www.rogersbussey.com/contact_us.html
Bob Strong August 27, 2013 at 08:16 PM
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Bob Strong September 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM
I have been reading about ICBC lawyers and they really help the community. A friend of mine in Vancouver had some troubles that they helped solve. http://www.personalinjurybc.com/en/icbc_accidents.html
Jean Blake September 27, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Thank you so much. I really enjoyed reading this. I have a lawyer in vancouver, BC and he told me to look into how this can effect me. This article helped me understand quite a bit. Thank you! Blake | http://taylorandblair.com/
Bob Strong October 09, 2013 at 08:26 PM
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Bob Strong October 29, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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John Bond April 02, 2014 at 04:29 PM
I'm not surprised. Insurance companies ultimate goal is make plenty of money. Generally you are charged nearly as much as your car each month to keep it insured. That means when you've paid off your vehicle, you have actually paid for two. It's good to have lawyers to keep an eye out for you and make sure you aren't getting a bad deal. John Bond | http://www.shierlaw.ca
Charlie McPoyle April 04, 2014 at 02:31 PM
I read an article about a case in Florida, where the daughter disclosed information about the case on social media. The family had won a law suit from a school for firing the dad because of his age. The terms of the law suit was that they would not disclose information about what happened and they would receive money. When the daughter spoke on the media, the family forfeited the money. http://www.martinlawyers.ca

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