DiBartolomeo Law Offices - February 2019

Innocent Posts Can Hurt the Most We aren’t writing this warning because people post videos of themselves doing cartwheels and jumping jacks after filing their personal injury claim. Many kinds of posts are leveraged against people with serious, debilitating injuries who are trying to struggle through pain to regain some sense of normalcy. For example, a post after a car accident letting your friends and family know that “everything’s fine” can hurt your claim. A selfie with your spouse — out on your first date night after the crash — can be weaponized against you. Unless you are an experienced personal injury lawyer, it’s best to avoid posting even the most innocent content on social media. Our firm will fight hard to get you just compensation, but we can’t proofread every tweet. Please post responsibly.

We all have that one friend who overshares on social media. Maybe they can’t have a meal without taking a snap of it first. Perhaps they tweet every “funny” thought that comes into their head or flood your Facebook feed with feature-length life updates. While this barrage of posts may be annoying to scroll through, at the end of the day, it’s harmless. But after a car accident, even a moderate amount of social media use could prove disastrous. The Other Side Is Watching When you file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for an accident, it’s in the insurance company’s best interests to find ways to reduce or deny your claim. Their lawyers have been known to go to extreme lengths, hiring investigators to surreptitiously surveil claimants. In the age of social media, these investigators don’t even have to leave their computers to dig up evidence. Privacy Settings Are No Guarantee Even if you change the privacy settings on all of your social media accounts, this is not a perfect solution. You can bet insurance adjusters are going to scour the posts of your friends and family as well, looking for comments, tagged events, and photographs that undermine your side of the story. It’s best to limit social media use for both yourself and those spending time around you during your case.

VALENTINE’S DAY COOKIE CARDS

Inspired by Food & Wine magazine.

Ingredients

• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

• 2 large egg yolks

• 3/4 cup sugar

• 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• Royal icing, sprinkles, and edible markers, for decorating

• 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Directions

1. Heat oven to 375 F. 2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour with sugar and salt. Add butter and combine using a mixer at low speed, until butter breaks down into small, crumbly pieces. Increase mixing speed to medium and mix until butter and flour clump. 3. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract to bowl, return mixer to low, and mix until dough congeals. 4. Carefully roll dough into a sheet 1/16-inch thick and cut into 4x6 inch cards. 5. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, bake cookie cards for 6 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. 6. Let cookies cool completely, decorate, and distribute.

The Di Bartolomeo Law Office, P.C. 1139 Exchange Street | Astoria, Oregon | 503-325-8600 | www.JoeDiBartolomeo.com

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