Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is often quoted in articles regarding, Uninsured Motorist Law, Tort Liability and and other personal Injury topics. However, more and more, the legal community is looking to Mr. Goldberg as an authority on legal marketing and Social Media. In a recent article by Y. Peter Kang of Law360, Mr. Goldberg is quoted extensively in the Article “4 Ways To Save Injury Clients From Social Media Disasters.”
The premise of the article could not be more timely in the personal injury context: Insurance companies and defense lawyers are looking at the claimants’ social media posts. Some of the uses are so obvious because injured claimants may appear not to be injured in their posts. Also, it is virtually the “kiss of death” for a claimant to state a motive for his or her claim—- like, “this accident is going to make me rich!” At Barry P. Goldberg, A Professional Law Corporation, we are warning our new clients to be conscious that people will be looking at their social media profile. The article has several valuable suggestions including making social media posts “private.”
Barry P. Goldberg is quoted regarding a recent case in which the “tables were turned” on a defendant!
“Defense attorneys aren’t the only ones who can use social media content to their advantage. When
dealing with individual defendants or insurance companies, plaintiffs attorneys can use the same
tactics to gather information for auto accident cases, according to California personal injury attorney
Barry P. Goldberg.
The attorney said he is handling a case in which his college student client was hit by a car while
riding a bicycle to school. The parties were at an impasse because the student said the driver of the
car ran a stop sign while the driver claimed the accident took place at a different intersection that
had no stop sign.
“We were frustrated about this case. Basically, it is a he-said, she-said,” Goldberg said.
But while preparing to depose the defendant, Goldberg’s team found the driver’s Facebook account in
which she comments the day before the accident that she has a foggy brain, feels exhausted and has
an overall lack of sharpness.
“She even went to get blood work done to see what’s going on,” he said. “I would imagine when
confronted with this at her deposition, and the defense lawyer realizes, we will probably get the claim
If you are involved in any type of personal injury claim, Barry P. Goldberg advises to be certain to check your Social Media posts and read them as if the opposing party will be considering them either to pay a claim or to deny a claim.