Back injuries may not be life threatening, but they can certainly be debilitating. According to the American Chiropractic Association, lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability around the globe.

Since a serious back injury can affect various aspects of your life and even prevent you from working, it is wise to do everything possible to build a strong claim following a motor vehicle collision. This might include photographing the scene, visiting an urgent care center, following up with your primary care provider, and calling an attorney for help navigating the claims process.

What if you do all of the above, but when it comes time to negotiate for a settlement, the insurance adjuster refuses to acknowledge the severity of your injuries? What if the opposing party takes it one step further and denies the claim altogether?

Unfortunately, this scenario is not uncommon. In certain circumstances, accident victims might think they are doing everything right, but a minor mistake—like posting about the case on social media—or a simple oversight—like letting a friend borrow their smartwatch—could jeopardize the entire claim.

If you hurt your back in a motor vehicle collision and want to avoid making critical errors from the start, turn to The Law Office of Brian K. Branch, PC. Our legal team is here to help people put their lives back together. Visit our website at to learn more, or call 505-207-4401 to schedule a free case evaluation with a back injury lawyer in Albuquerque.

Read on to learn about three devices that could jeopardize your personal injury claim:

  1. Smartphone

If you use your smartphone to keep up with friends and loved ones on social media, it is wise to take a break from doing so as long as the case is pending. Even if you do not post about the claim directly, publishing photos or statuses that give the opposing party reason to believe you could be exaggerating the damages will only hurt your chances of securing a fair settlement.

  1. Smartwatch

 Smartwatches that track your movements could also threaten a personal injury claim. Even if you are not participating in strenuous exercise, the insurance adjuster will scrutinize every single move you make and use such data to fight the claim.

In a lot of cases, privacy settings are not enough to keep prying eyes from seeing your data. If you link your activity to various social media platforms, for example, the insurance adjuster will likely be able to access it.

  1. Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers like Fitbits and Garmin Fitness Bands pose many of the same issues as smartwatches. Be wary of using them while the case is pending, and do not let anyone else borrow them in the meantime.

If you sustained a debilitating back injury in a car crash, turn to The Law Office of Brian K. Branch, PC for quality legal counsel during every stage of the proceedings. Contact us online or call 505-207-4401 to schedule a free consultation with a back injury attorney in Albuquerque. You can learn more about personal injury claims in New Mexico by visiting the USAttorneys website.

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