Demas & Rosenthal, a team of Sacramento personal injury lawyers whose URL can be found at www.injury-attorneys.com, hereby offers basic guidelines regarding consumers’ use of Online Social Networks, or OSN’s. As OSN’s become more prevalent and are used regularly by more people, certain legal interests could be put at risk based on the information that members of OSN sites share with the public at large.
Web sites and interfaces such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter among others have attracted millions of users and members in the United States alone. Statistics reveal that approximately one-third of all Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are active on OSN’s, 19 percent of Americans between the ages of 45 and 54 are active on these Web sites and 10 percent of Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have information posted on OSN Web sites.
In terms of legal rights and protections, there are different policies in place for each OSN Web site, but there are certain steps that should not be taken if someone has obtained or will need the help of Sacramento personal injury lawyers for a legal matter. These warnings and suggestions include:
1. Do not allow access to an OSN profile by people you do not know.
2. Do not post pictures of yourself attempting to perform activities that you are not able to do based on a legal claim you are making or will soon make.
3. Do not discuss or post about a pending legal matter in any way.
4. Do not discuss any injuries you’ve suffered as a result of the negligence of someone else.
5. Do not post personal information such as your date of birth and your phone number.
The laws regarding what can be used as evidence in California personal injury lawsuits and how this evidence is obtained in regards to OSN’s are not yet settled or clear. Therefore, those who share information regarding pending legal matters should be aware that doing so can harm his or her case or claim if those representing the defense obtain this information.
About Demas & Rosenthal
Demas & Rosenthal is a law firm comprised of Sacramento personal injury lawyers that has helped clients fight for their consumer rights for nearly 20 years. The firm represents clients in California personal injury lawsuits that include matters relating to traffic accidents, defective products and general negligence. Demas and Rosenthal has an “AV” rating, the highest possible national rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The “AV” rating is derived from confidential assessments by attorneys in the community as well as judges. In addition to the highest attainable legal ability ratings, Demas and Rosenthal has been given the highest marks for “adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.