Woman Claims Car Accident Injuries Prevent Her From Using Facebook
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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (CBS Sacramento) – A Canadian woman is suing the driver of a dump truck because, she claims, a car accident left her unable to keep up with her Facebook feeds, reports CBC News.
Joanne Marlene Conrod was driving along a Nova Scotia highway bridge when, she says, the dump truck entered her lane and hit her.
Conrod claims she suffered injuries that kept her from working and compromised her ability to maintain a presence on social media.
Lawyers for the company that owned the dump truck, which is also named in the suit, demanded Conrod turned over the complete record of her Facebook activity, including personal activity meant only for her friends.
They want proof that her Facebook activity has suffered.
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court disagreed with the defendants and ruled Conrod did not have to open up her full Facebook records.
“In view of social media’s widespread popularity, it is not surprising that the relevance of Facebook-related evidence to personal injury claims has risen in other jurisdictions,” wrote Justice Glen McDougall.
However, she must turn over records of her Facebook usage, login and logout information, to prove that the accident really has reduced her ability to spend time online.
The full lawsuit has yet to go to trial.
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