Beware of Insurance Company Investigators!
When you file for workers’ compensation, it’s not unusual for the workers’ compensation insurance company to send out a private investigator to videotape you without your knowledge. They’ll try to show you doing things that you shouldn’t be able to do with the injury you are claiming, including working on other jobs. It’s not uncommon for these investigators to confront you, ask you questions on camera and try to make it look like your claim is fraudulent.
Consider a case that we handled. We represented a woman who worked as a maid in an affluent neighborhood. She was hurt on the job and sought workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ compensation insurance company hired an investigator who followed her and obtained footage of her going into the same house in a different part of town (where she did not live) on regular occasions throughout the month. The investigator, a man of about 300 pounds standing 6’4” inches tall, also confronted her and asked her questions about what she was doing. She was not a native American and spoke limited English, so she often did not understand what he was asking.
The investigator put together a report, alleging that she was going to the house to work as a maid, thereby suggesting that her workers’ compensation claim was without merit. At trial, we showed that the home she went to when she was videotaped was that of a friend. We also showed that the investigator had intimidated her and had either taken some of her statements out of context or fabricated some of her responses. Our client was awarded the benefits she needed.
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