Spada Law - September 2019

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How Facebook Can Ruin Your Personal Injury Case Social media has changed the way we interact with the world. These platforms are key to keep in touch with family, stay updated on the news, get invited to the latest party, and even check your child’s school calendar. But for all the benefits of social media, there are just as many drawbacks, and some of these dangers become even more apparent when you’re in the middle of a personal injury case. Here are a few tips to keep your online habits from ruining your case. Don’t Rely on the Privacy Setting When it comes to legal matters, the privacy settings on your social media accounts won’t protect you. A defense attorney may have the right to access anything you post on social media, be it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Reddit. If you’re in the middle of a legal battle, assume everything you post online will find its way to the courtroom. Think Before You Post At Spada Law Group, we’ve watched injured clients testify to being incapacitated in one way or another, only to have the defense counsel show a photo of the client skiing, golfing, or engaging in some other physical leisure activity that seems to contradict the client’s stated disabilities. It doesn’t matter if they were in pain the whole time and only put on a smile for the camera; these seemingly harmless photos or videos posted on social media platforms can have a negative effect on the ultimate value of a claim. If you want to be fairly and fully compensated for an injury that wasn’t your fault, avoid posting about the “amazing weekend” you just had or boasting about the battle wounds you received. Make sure your friends and family members also know not to share anything about you, be it photos or text posts, while your case is ongoing. Don’t Hit That Delete Button After hearing how your social media accounts can be used against you, your first instinct might be to delete potentially incriminating posts or even your entire online presence. Don’t. After your personal injury case starts, scrubbing past posts makes it seem like you have something to hide and are intentionally deleting evidence. This looks bad to a jury or insurance adjuster. The best move is to not put anything incriminating on social media in the first place.

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Len’s Lazy Man Low-Carb ‘On Fire’ Shrimp Local Chef’s Corner

Len loves hot and spicy foods but is not a good cook. He also “tries” to eat healthy, so here is his own version of easy, fast, healthy, and hot!

INGREDIENTS • 1 bag (12 oz) of Green Giant cauliflower rice • 12 oz bag of frozen cooked medium shrimp • 3 tbsp olive oil

• Chili powder • 16 oz jar of Green Mountain Gringo hot salsa • Garlic powder

DIRECTIONS 1. With a colander, thaw shrimp under cold running water for 10 minutes. 2. In a deep sauté pan, heat olive oil. 3. Cook cauliflower rice in microwave for 6 minutes, using instructions on bag. 4. While cauliflower rice is cooking, sauté shrimp on medium heat. 5. Sprinkle chili powder and garlic to taste as shrimp heat up in oil. (Be brave, go hot!) 6. Empty cooked cauliflower rice into sauté pan with shrimp, add entire jar of salsa, and heat together for 3–4 minutes.

Like most things in life, there is a time and a place for social media. Our advice? Log off social media until your case is over.

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