Attorneys in a recent case related to injuries stemming from a car accident are blaming the reduced damage award on the plaintiff’s Twitter activity. In the case of Daniels vs. Atlanta Refrigeration, Ms. Daniels sought over $1 million, including about $800,000 for pain and suffering and $300,000 in diminished earning capacity and medical expenses related to a car accident.
While the jury found in Ms. Daniels favor, the damage award was significantly lower than hoped. This may have occurred due to her Tweets about attending parties and posting pictures of her activities, which were introduced as evidence at trial to refute her claims of ongoing injury, pain and suffering. Social media is increasingly be utilized for such purposes.