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Social Media and Punitive Damages

Social Media and Punitive Damages

Georgia law allows for punitive damages when the at-fault driver's conduct is reckless, willful, wanton or shows a conscious disregard for the consequences of his/her actions (O.C.G.A. 51-12-5.1). Damaging evidence is being found on social media sites everyday. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram can be used to help add punitive damages to a personal injury case.  Also, once the information is on the internet, you may not be able to remove it or you could be accused of tampering with evidence.

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a legal seminar that discussed the real life impact that social media had in proving punitive damages in a personal injury case. The at-fault driver had posted on twitter that she had drank too much just hours prior to the crash and this evidence was very persuasive to the jury in finding punitive damages. What have you posted lately?

Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert - Owner & Attorney

Attorney Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert was seriously injured in a collision and experienced firsthand dealing with uncooperative insurance companies. She knows what it is like to feel overwhelmed and under-educated about your rights after a collision. That is why she has dedicated this firm to fighting for accident victims and their loved ones. The goal of The Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group – Gore LLC is to provide you with excellent legal advice, based on our experience in representing injured automobile drivers and passengers from all across the State of Georgia.

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