Did The Insurance Company Hire A Private Investigator After Your Florida Car Accident?
One of the most important things we relay to our clients is that you cannot trust insurance companies. Your insurance agent, actuary, and claims adjuster can all be nice people. However, they represent the insurance companies and do not represent you. Insurance companies hate paying claims because they cut into their profit margins. So they will do everything they can to get out of paying. This includes many dirty tricks from avoiding your phone calls to using your own words against you to lie to you about your rights. Sometimes it even includes hiring a private investigator.
Why Do Insurance Companies Hire A Private Investigator?
One of the main ways that insurance companies get out of paying is to claim that you are exaggerating or even lying about your injuries. This works frequently because there are scammers out there. So they paint you like one and sometimes the courts believe them. One of the surprisingly common ways they do this is by hiring a private investigator. A private investigator will try to dig up dirt on you to discredit you. They will also try to find “proof” that you are not injured.
What Do Private Investigators Do For Insurance Companies?
Private investigators are hired to help dig up anything on you that can be used against you. They will use the most innocuous things against you. For example, say that you have a foot injury from your auto accident leaving you with crutches. They will look through your social media and find pictures of you standing without crutches. They will then give these to the insurance company as “evidence” that you are not injured. When in fact, you may have just set your crutches to the side for the photo and do have a very serious foot injury.
Signs You Are Being Followed By A Private Investigator
If a private investigator is following you, it’s a sign that the insurance companies are trying to play dirty tricks to get out of paying you. Thus, it’s important that after an accident, you stay vigilant. Here are some signs that you are being followed by a private investigator:
● You’ve noticed a strange vehicle outside your home or work
● You have seen the same stranger over and over again
● You get random friend requests on social media or notice your views are going up
● You get calls from people telling you someone was asking about you
It is legal for insurance companies to hire private investigators. However, there are things that private investigators are not legally allowed to do in Florida. If you think you are being followed by a private eye, tell your attorney. Your attorney will investigate if you are being followed. If you are, they will advise you on what to do. They will also protect you from any illicit or illegal activities.
How To Protect Yourself From Private Investigators
The most important thing you can do is speak with your attorney. However, there are some things you can do if you are being followed. First, make all of your social media private following an accident. If you feel comfortable, turn it off until you’ve closed your claim. If the investigator can’t see your social media, they can’t use it against you. Secondly, be very aware of your actions when you are outside your home. Just know that they will use whatever they can against you. Finally, take your attorney’s advice on what to do. They will work to end the surveillance and protect you from any harassment.
Private investigators are often hired to help insurance companies get out of paying claims. This is just one of the many tricks they will try to pull. The best way to protect yourself is to reach out to the experienced attorneys at Justice Pays, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh. We’ll protect your rights and fight to get you full and fair compensation for your injuries. Call us at 1-833-954-1234 or contact us on our website. We’re here to protect you.