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From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
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Preamble: many of these issues are small, yet each issue is just that… an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then the larger issues often take care of themselves and you can focus on the larger issues… a larger, more profitable practice and more family time.

“Facebook Alert”

Facebook, or as my father says, “The Facebook,” has become a tool for trial and defense lawyers and it usually does not bode well for your patients in the medical-legal arena. When you file a report on permanent disability the defense ALWAYS searches all platforms of social media to see if your patients are on vacation skiing, running, wave running or doing incredibly stupid things a reasonable jury would not accept from someone who is disabled at any level. 

 
It has now gone to the next level, you. When on the witness stand or in a deposition, the defense is now trained to discredit you, the expert, at different levels. This is in part what I learned at the Trial Lawyers Association meeting I attended last week. The defense can ask a simple question, “Do you drink alcohol regularly?” Most would say only socially or occasionally. However, on your Facebook account which contains information accessible to the public, there are multiple pictures at various times of your having a beer perhaps at a ballgame, on the beach on vacation and during a holiday celebration. All reasonable social situations, but enough for a defense lawyer to plant the seed of doubt in the mind of the jury or the judge. 

 
It has nothing to do with the stark truth; it has to do with perception. Are you a risk taker? Do you do stupid things per society who ABSOLUTLEY judge everyone? As a result, you need to maintain your reputation from a perception perspective and you should put NOTHING on social media that can be construed in a way that makes you look like anything other than an upstanding citizen. 

 
Is it fair? No. Does it prevent you from having your life lived on a public platform? Yes. Does it make you look “vanilla?” Yes. Too bad!!!

 
Keep your private life private because anything you post WILL be up for grabs as material to be used against you at some time if you are going to be a successful member of the medical-legal community. Remember, those “vanilla” people usually don’t have time to post on social media because they are too busy going to the bank!!!!!!


 
 
 
Respectfully,



Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College
Educational Presenter, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Joint Partnership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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