These days, a lot of people form pretty significant connections online and do much of their communicating via social media. However, when you have a personal injury claim pending after an accident, social media can be a minefield for the unwary.

The No. 1 best thing you can do is to get off social media altogether until your claim is resolved — but that may not be totally practical, especially if you’re reaching out to support groups online. If turning off your social media accounts for an extended period isn’t an option, here’s what you should do:

Contact your friends and family with a reminder

Let them know you’re concerned that something posted on social media will be misconstrued or used against you by the defense in your case and ask them not to tag you in any photos or posts.

Go through your privacy settings

The odds are good that your social media pages aren’t locked down as tight as you think. Make sure your privacy settings are on maximum and disable content sharing from your page without permission.

Post nothing personal about your life

If you want to share a message with your family and close friends, do it by phone or another private means. Don’t broadcast anything about your health or your recovery — just in case the defense is looking for ways to weaken your case.

Only accept new connections from people you know

If any new “friend” requests pop up, deny them unless you are 100% sure you know who they are. You might accidentally allow an insurance adjustor onto your page without realizing it.

Remember that there’s really no guarantee of privacy once something’s online — so make sure that you keep that in mind when you post. If you’re unsure about what else you need to do to protect your personal injury claim, find out more today.