The influence of social media on our lives is profound, with both positive connections and, unfortunately, negative consequences. While many people can manage their online interactions responsibly, some viral challenges have proven too enticing, leading both children and adults to engage in activities that result in serious injuries and even fatalities.
When it comes to injuries caused by social media challenges, there are two scenarios to consider: first, the “innocent victim,” someone who did not actively participate in the challenge but was harmed as a bystander. Second, there are those who were injured while intentionally taking part in a challenge. Determining liability in such cases can be complex. When a viral challenge goes awry, multiple parties could potentially be at fault.
In these situations, concerned parents may wonder if they have legal recourse. The question of liability often hinges on the following questions:
• Was the social media platform aware of the challenge’s dangers?
• Did they take adequate steps to mitigate risks and protect their users, especially minors?
TikTok, Facebook, Instagram (Meta Platforms), and YouTube (Alphabet Inc) have faced an increasing number of lawsuits across the country. These lawsuits seek to hold the platforms accountable for causing young people to become addicted to their products and, in some cases, for causing harm, including eating disorders, self-injury, and even suicide.
With that said, the legal landscape surrounding social media challenges and resulting injuries is evolving and complex. It’s crucial for parents and guardians to consult legal experts well-versed in these matters to understand their rights and potential courses of action. As the digital world continues to influence our lives, addressing the legal implications of social media-related injuries is becoming an increasingly important conversation.
If a loved one has been injured in an accident stemming from social media use in Indiana, contact an experienced attorney at Hurst Limontes and we will be happy to review your case. We work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf.
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