How Social Media Can Hurt Your ICBC Claim

ICBC may find out information from your social media and use it against you and your claim

In recent times, social media websites like “Facebook”, “Blogger”, “Instagram”, “Myspace” and “Twitter” have become an excellent source for ICBC to investigate claimants.  When you post something on these social media websites, the world can look at what you have posted unless you have locked down privacy settings.  For example, you may mention, on a social media site that you went on a trip, hiked a mountain, went on a skiing trip, enjoyed socializing with your friends, etc. In so doing, ICBC may find out this information and use it against you especially if your claim is a larger one.

Imagine if ICBC downloads some photographs of you doing an activity and then uses it in Court against you to say you are not injured?  Imagine if ICBC starts interviewing people that went to an event which you described on a website?  Imagine if you talk about getting drunk with some friends? Imagine if you post something that may not be socially acceptable?

ICBC will sometimes bring a Court Application to compel production of the social media account contents if they cannot access the information through regular channels. Therefore, even if you maintain a limited number of friends and a tight privacy setting, ICBC can still get copies of your postings.

Therefore, the rule of thumb when posting anything on a social media website is to assume someone from ICBC or the defence team will be reading it. If it is harmful to your case, don’t post it.