After responsibility has been established, the most contentious issue in a personal injury lawsuit will most likely be the degree of the victim’s injuries. Why?
For starters, if the injury is not real or was not caused by the accident, the at-fault party will not be required to compensate the victim. Second, the degree of the damage has an impact on the quantity of pain and suffering that is acceptable. The value of a claim might be drastically reduced if pain and suffering are undervalued.
Personal injury surveillance may be used if the defense accuses you of fabricating an injury or misrepresenting the severity of one. This entails hiring a private investigator to watch your actions and document anything that might be used against you as evidence. To talk to a lawyer about any concerns you have after a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for help.
Surveillance in public is legal
The road in front of your residence is open to the public. As a result, a private investigator can park on the street and photograph or videotape everything they can see from there. They won’t be able to see what you’re doing inside your house, but they will be able to see what you’re doing in your yard, on your porch or doorstep, and in your garage while the door is open. Private investigators can also follow you about town, including to work, the supermarket, and other public locations.
It’s possible that your social media accounts will be monitored
Physical surveillance is only one aspect of personal injury surveillance. Your online activity may be monitored as well. As a result, it’s critical to stay away from discussing your injuries or case on social media. Avoid posting comments or photographs that show you attempting to appear cheerful or active despite your condition, since they might be used to argue that you are not as seriously injured as you say.
Keep an eye out for ruses and traps
Private investigators are not uncommon in setting up ruses and traps for their surveillance targets. For example, if they’re observing a person with chronic back pain, they may throw a $100 note on the ground outside their house and observe if the injured person can bend down and pick it up without discomfort and/or with a normal range of motion.
Any suspected surveillance should be reported to your attorney
Tell your personal injury lawyer straight away if you believe you’re being monitored. Your lawyer can then acquire copies of any evidence gathered via surveillance and begin preparing a response to it.
Even if a private investigator appears to have caught you in a compromising position, The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker will not give up on you. Rather, we will continue to fight hard for the recompense you require and deserve. Please contact us at 800-333-0000 to learn more about how we may help you.